GABRIEL THE ONE ARM ARCHER

 

 

GABRIEL’S STORY

To watch Gabriel wield his bow, you would think archery was originally invented as a one armed sport. Meet former Navy corpsman and fast-rising Paralympic archer, Gabriel George.

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

Ten years ago, Gabriel woke up in a Florida hospital—A motorcycle accident put him in a three-week coma; an accident he doesn’t remember ever happening. The accident shattered his body and his life.

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

Over the next year, he had to relearn everything; feeding himself, walking, etc. Ultimately, doctors told him he would regain the use of his right arm, but that never happened. Today his arm is completely paralyzed. The only thing he feels is pain; sharp pain shooting like knives through his arm, all the way to his shoulder. The pain, brought on by the most subtle breeze or change in temperature.  

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer
Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer
To be around him, you wouldn’t know how much pain he’s in. He refuses to let his arm slow him down. He scuba dives and sails—always challenging himself to keep his injuries from getting the best of him. A year ago Gabe discovered archery, and since that time, he’s become one of its fastest rising stars—competing in tournaments around the country.
Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

The haunting tattoos across his chest and back are a symbolic act of defiance; something he did to take his mind off the pain. 

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

ARCHERY

Which brings us back to archery. The sport relies on letting every distraction go. Gabriel’s ability to block out the pain while focusing on a small yellow bullseye 50-meters away is simply astounding.

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

Working with one of the best coaches in the world, his talent as an archer and commitment have him on course to make the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer
Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer
Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer
Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

Again, pretty great for a guy living with a bum arm. Here’s to Gabriel and his ability to turn tragedy into triumph.

Archery: Gabriel George, the One Armed Archer

Gear

  • Sony a7r3 
  • 85mm 1.4 
  • 35mm 1.4
  • 24mm 1.4

Special Thanks:

Gabriel George
Dania Trapp

Paul Tuft

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