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Ryan Cockbill

Ryan first got involved in disability sport after an accident in 2006. In May 2007 he was introduced to a number of other sports at the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Unit Games. This was where he first tried target shooting.

Off the back of this introduction, he decided to take up shooting as a hobby, visiting his local range twice a week to train. As he progressed, he entered local competitions and found he had a buzz for competition. Shortly afterwards, he took part in trials for the GB team.

His first taste of international competition was the 2010 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sczcecin, Poland, where he returned home with four trophies. Since then, he has been a full-time athlete.

On his Paralympic debut at London 2012 Ryan competed in two events, finishing in 21st place in the R4 10m air rifle standing mixed SH2 and 17th in the R5 10m air rifle prone mixed SH2.

Another highlight of Ryan's London 2012 experience was when he carried the Olympic flame on the Olympic Torch Relay.

On his second Games appearance at Rio 2016 Ryan narrowly missed out on a top eight finish which would have seen him progress to the final in both the R4 and R5 air rifle events.

Away from the range, Ryan also enjoys wheelchair rugby.

Major results

2015 IPC Shooting World Cup, Fort Benning, USA
R4 10m air rifle standing mixed SH2
2015 IPC Shooting World Cup, Fort Benning, USA
R5 10m air rifle prone mixed SH2

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