Matt Skelhon

London 2012 was Matt's second Paralympic Games after he became Paralympic Champion on his Games debut in Beijing.

He started shooting around the age of 11/12 as a hobby with his dad. In 2006, he got in to competitive shooting after finding out more about the sport at the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Games.

Two months after taking up the shooting he won silver in the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1 event at the National Championships. He then went on to compete internationally just 12 months later and secured a spot at the Beijing games just 18 months after taking up the sport full time.

Matt returned home the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games with a gold medal, after securing victory in the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1.

At London 2012, Matt was one of eight shooters to equal the world and Paralympic records with a score of 600 in the qualifying rounds of the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1. In the final, he missed out on defending his title by just three-tenths to take the silver medal.

In his second event, the R6 50m air rifle prone mixed SH1, Matt pushed the defending Paralympic champion out of the medals and took an unexpected bronze in the event he had taken up just 18 months before the Games.

He is currently the world recorder holder in both qualification and finals in the R6 50m air rifle prone mixed SH1.

Major results

2012 London Paralympic Games
R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1
Silver
2012 London Paralympic Games
R6 50m air rifle prone mixed SH1
Bronze
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1
Gold


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