Australian para archer Ameera Lee is supporting and cycling this year’s MS Gong Ride.
The nationally acclaimed event has gone virtual for 2020 and thousands of riders will ride across the country this October raising funds for people living with multiple sclerosis.
For NSW Institute of Sport Scholarship Holder Ameera Lee, the journey is personal. Her decision to take up archery was easy at the time. A single parent to 11-year-old Huthaifa, managing her multiple sclerosis (MS) and working full-time – Ameera needed an outlet. So both mother and son tried archery together. The rest is history.
After finding her start in archery in 2016, Ameera attracted the attention of one of the world’s most esteemed para archery coaches, Ricci Cheah. The two began working towards her selection for the Australian para archery team and in 2018 Ameera made her green and gold debut.
On debut at the 2018 Para Archery European Circuit in Olbia, Italy, Ameera reached the quarter finals of the women’s individual recurve/compound W1 and competed at the following year’s 2019 World Archery Para Championships in the Netherlands.
With the support of the NSW Institute of Sport, Ameera’s Paralympian dream was realised.
NSWIS is also a supporter of the MS Gong Ride Virtual, which raises funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. Under their guidance and with the aid of High Performance at Home content, Ameera and MS Gong Ride Virtual participants have access to top physical and mental wellbeing advice to put them in good stead for the ride.
For Ameera, becoming a Paralympian is about more than representing her country, it’s about inspiring her son Huthaifa, and proving to other people with multiple sclerosis that it’s not a death sentence. The opportunities to live well with multiple sclerosis are endless, and for Ameera, para-archery hit the target perfectly.