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    Matt Skelhon

    Ones to watch
    Great Britain Great Britain Shooting Para sport 31 October 1984

    Peterborough, GBR

    A shooting para athlete holding a rifle.

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification SH1, SG-S
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Evesham, ENG
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried shooting at age 11. He began competing in shooting Para sport at the 2006 Inter Spinal Unit Games in Stoke Mandeville, England.
    Why this sport? He originally practised the sport as a hobby with his father.
    General Interest
    Nicknames Buzal [slang for 'mate' in his hometown of Peterborough, England]. (channel4.com, 14 Oct 2010)
    Hobbies Angling, building models and Lego, playing the Farming Simulator video game. (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2020; Anything but Footy podcast, 14 Jan 2021; Channel 4 Sport YouTube channel, 13 Jan 2021)
    Awards and honours He was named the 2014 Sportsman of the Year by the Peterborough Telegraph newspaper in England. (peterboroughtoday.co.uk, 30 Jan 2015)
    Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Anything but Footy podcast, 14 Jan 2021)
    Impairment He has paraplegia as a result of a car accident in 2005. (paralympic-games.2012.co.uk, 13 Jun 2011; paralympic.org, 19 Jul 2017)
    Other information RIO DISAPPOINTMENT
    After winning medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing [gold] and the 2012 Games in London [one silver, one bronze], he did not make the podium at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, and as a result considered retiring from shooting Para sport. "It has been difficult to even talk about what happened in Rio. I felt worse than after my accident in 2005 which put me in my wheelchair. I was depressed and had no motivation to shoot again. I was on the verge of quitting, and even after starting to train again I left many camps angry and ready to throw in the towel. As an athlete you sacrifice so much and train so hard for one competition on one day, and if that goes wrong you are screwed." (paralympic.org, 19 Jul 2017)

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