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Matthew Neve

Matt was a Senior Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force before being discharged in 2004. His mental health difficulties have led to a number of challenges including depression, and a lack of self-worth and purpose. Since taking up archery, Matt has used the sport to give his life focus again and help him on his recovery journey. Being selected for Toronto in his favourite sport he believes will make a massive difference: “It’ll give me a real purpose to achieve something. I feel I can help support the others in the team. This in turn can help me out of the dark places. “The focus of archery when I am looking down the range at the target, I just switch off and all the tension builds in the draw of the arrow and then it goes with the arrow when released. It’s an escape.”

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