Michael Karaphillides

For those who have not yet read the latest edition of Archery UK, the following obituary was included for Michael Karaphillides who was a keen archer at Clophill AC for many years.

Michael Karaphillides, who was born with Spina Bifida and went on to represent Great Britain at two Paralympics in three different sports – including archery – and pushed the boundaries of wheelchair sports, has passed away.

His first successes were in swimming, then he played basketball for England and competed at the 1984 Games in pentathlon and marathon. He first started shooting in 1960 and competed until 1972 becoming a British champion. In 2014, he became hooked again at a have-a-go run by Clophill Archery Club. In 2007, he became British champion at the British and European Championships at Stoke Mandeville and was asked to represent the nation at the World Championships. He was working for Camden Council but gave up his job to concentrate on training when he was asked to join the Paralympic archery squad and competed at the 2008 games in Beijing.

3 thoughts on “Michael Karaphillides

  1. Sad to learn the news – great guy, knowledgeable and always good for a laugh.
    Bye Mike, great to have had the opportunity to have known you.
    Trevor & Nathaniel

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  2. Rest in peace Mike, apart from his success in the sport, he was also a very nice guy, always encouraging helpful and cheerful with a great sense of humour. I will miss the banter.

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