John first got involved in archery in 1998 after he attended an open sports day and he has been competing ever since. He has also competed in several other disability sports, representing England in disability cricket between 1995 and 1998.
John won gold on his Games debut at Beijing 2008, where he also shot a Paralympic Games record for 12 arrows, scoring 117 out of a possible 120 during his 1/16 elimination match against America’s Eric Bennett.
Having reached the 1/16 round to finish 9th at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, John returned to the podium on his third Games appearance at Rio 2016.
John won silver in the mixed team compound (open) alongside team-mate Jodie Grinham. Edging past Italy 150-149 in the quarter-finals, Grinham and Stubbs put in a strong performance against South Korea in the semi-finals to inch past their opponents with a score of 144-143.
The pair eventually took to the podium to claim silver after a defeat to China in the final, with a score of 151-143.
In Rio John also achieved a ranking of 9 in the men's individual compound (open).
Away from the Paralympic stage, John was World Champion in 2005 in Massa Cara, Italy. John also set a FITA Para-Archery World Record in 2010 with a score of 696, as well as men’s compound world record of 702 in 2014. Subsequently, at the 2011 World Championships in Turin, Italy, he competed in the Compound Mixed Team event with Danielle Brown, moving their own world record from 151 to 154 points for a 16 arrow pass.
In 2013 John became individual and team World Champion at the World Para Championships.
He was awarded an MBE in 2006 for services to archery.
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