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11 October 2010 | PR 10/155

Frame design aids paralympian to make sporting history and successfully compete at Commonwealth Games

Engineers at Loughborough University’s Sports Technology Institute are absolutely delighted that a frame they designed and developed for a Paralympian has meant she has successfully been able to compete in the Commonwealth Games against able bodied competitors.

Archer Danielle Brown, who was part of the Commonwealth gold medal winning compound archery team, has been using a frame designed to support her whilst shooting.

The team of engineers led by Steve Carr created frames that are light weight and easy to use. As part of the design process Steve and his colleagues, Andrew Hallam and Simon Neal, met with Danielle and other Paralympic athletes to discuss their individual needs and issues they had with existing frames. Using this they took the process forward by creating personalised frames designed to boost the individual’s performance by offering them the best possible support.

Steve comments on Danielle’s frame: “With Danielle Brown’s archer frame we redesigned it to address specific concerns she had about the equipment. Our modifications ensured there was a consistent positioning of the lower limbs and that the total load was spread over a greater area, making maximum use of the permitted space. The redesign eliminated the sinking of the frame on soft ground and the wider base made it much more stable on indoor shoots. The incorporation of an alignment and locking system also made the initial set up of the frame accurate and consistent.

“As a result, these alterations gave Danielle a much more stable platform that she had previously been used to. I speak on behalf of the team here at the Sports Technology Institute to congratulate Danielle on her success at the Commonwealth Games and we are delighted that the frame has enabled her to not just compete but to receive a gold medal too.”

Frames have also been designed for discus and shot putter Paralympians Danny West and Gemma Prescott and thrower Kieron Murphy.

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Notes for editors:

  1. The Sports Technology Institute was asked to develop the new frames by UK Sport’s Research and Innovation Programme prior to the Beijing Olympics.
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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