Jeff Fabry is well-known in international archery as a five-time world championships medalist, three-time Paralympic Games medalist, and a member of Team USA for London in 2012.
Fabry was injured in a motorcycle accident at the age of 15, losing his right arm above the elbow and his right leg above the knee. It took him a while to figure out how to shoot. He uses a compound bow, “the same bow anyone can buy at a sporting store,” he says. “The only difference is the mouth tab on the string.”
The mouth tab is the key to Fabry’s technique. He holds the bow in his left arm, then uses the mouth tab to draw back and release the arrow with his teeth. The mouth tab is made from a nylon dog leash – a piece of adaptive technology that took him a while to discover.
“It was trial and error,” Jeff admits, but it has enabled him to win events in China, Greece, Italy, Korea, and elsewhere. And remarkably, his dentist tells him it doesn’t damage his teeth, even though he’s been shooting now for 13 years.
Jeff is currently training and competing full-time, and teaches Paralympic archery at camps and clinics around the country. He served as an archery coach for the Navy/Coast Guard team at the 2011 Warrior Games, which brings together wounded service men and women to compete in adaptive sports, and he expects to coach again in 2012.
Fabry’s family includes his wife, Crystal, and two kids, Joseph and Rebecca. He is on Facebook and just joined Twitter Fabry@TeamSTR8DC. He will be blogging for MEDAL QUEST in April and May.Back To Athletes