Danielle Brown Biography

For other people named Danielle Brown, see Danielle Brown (disambiguation).

Danielle Brown MBE (born 10 April 1988) is a British compe*ive archer and award winning children's author. She has competed in the Paralympic Games winning gold medals in Beijing and London and has also won medals shooting in the able bodied category including the Commonwealth Games.

She was born in Steeton, West Yorkshire.


Her first international compe*ive event was at the European Archery Championships (for athletes with disabilities) in Nymburk in 2006. She reached the semi-finals of the Compound Bow Open Cl* event, and was defeated by Gulbin Su of Turkey. She lost the bronze medal match to fellow British compe*or Melanie Clarke.

She then took part in the IPC World Archery Championships in Cheongju in 2007. Competing in the Compound Bow Open Cl* event, she won gold with a score of 114 points (defeating Gulbin Su 116–107 in the semi-final, and Wang Li of China 114–108 in the final). She was also part of the British women's team which won gold in the team event in the Compound Bow Open Cl*, defeating *an 221–199 in the final.

In 2008, Brown won silver (beaten by Gulbin Su in the final) in the Invitation Disabled Archery Event in Stoke Mandeville, then competed at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, where she won gold in the Women's individual compound, defeating Wang in the quarter-finals, Clarke in the semis, and Chieko Kamiya of *an in the final (112–98). In 2009, she won a second successive individual gold medal, and a team gold, at the IPC World Archery Championships, followed in 2010 by three successive individual gold medals: at the Arizona Cup, at the Stoke Mandeville World Invitational Disabled Archery Compe*ion, and at the European Para-Archery Championships.

She represented England in archery at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, having qualified "after a two-day selection shoot in Coventry in June where she finished second behind world number one Nicky Hunt". She was "the first Paralympian to represent England in an able-bodied event at the Games", though cyclist Sarah Storey (who won two gold medals in cycling at the 2008 Paralympics) also competed against able-bodied athletes a few days later. She won a gold medal in the Women's Team Compound event, beating Canada 232–229 alongside team-mates Nicky Hunt and Nichola Simpson.

In 2011, she won an additional individual gold medal at the IPC World Championships in Turin, followed by two silver medals in the women's team event and the mixed team event.

In 2012, she won her second successive Paralympic Games gold medal, beating GB teammate Mel Clarke in the final at the Royal Artillery Barracks, London. That year she also won the Indoor World Cup in Nimes and got a silver medal at the World Cup Finals in Tokyo, both in the able-bodied category.

Brown was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to archery. She is also one of many athletes to have had a postbox painted gold after the London Paralympics

On 1 September 2013 Brown won the able-bodied British *le with victory at the Archery GB National Series finals in Nottingham. She beat Lucy O'Sullivan 142–141 in the compound final.

In November 2013, World Archery announced that Brown would not be able to compete in Para-Archery contests (such as the 2016 Olympics) in the future as her disability did not have a direct and important impact on her archery performance. She appealed the ruling, but it was upheld in favour of World Archery. As of 1 April 2014, she is unable to compete in Para-Archery.

Brown competed at the 2015 able-bodied World Championships in Copenhagen. In 2017 she appeared on Christmas University Challenge on a team representing Leicester University.

Personal life

Brown has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in her feet, and competes sitting down on a stool. She was, at the time of the 2008 Paralympics, a law student at Leicester University, and subsequently achieved first cl* honours.She was given an honorary degree of Doctors of Laws from the University of Leicester on Friday 25 January 2013On 19 September 2013 Leicester University named the Danielle Brown Sports Centre after her.On 22 September 2013 Brown was made a Freewoman of the district of Craven and on 1 July 2014 Brown was given the Freedom of the City of London. In 2019, Brown was inducted into the British University and College Sport's Hall of Fame.


  • Collins GCSE Revision Study Skills (2015)
  • Be Your Best Self - Life Skills For Unstoppable Kids (2019)
  • Run Like A Girl - 50 Extraordinary And Inspiring Sportswomen (2021)
  • One Hundred Reasons To Hope (2021), curated on behalf of Captain Tom Moore.


See also

  • 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics gold post boxes


    External links

    • Official website
    • Danielle Brown at the International Paralympic Committee
    • Danielle Brown at IMDb