Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Date of Birth
September 28, 1971
Willagee, WA
Disability support worker - teaching woodwork
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Competing in the World Championships in 2014

Greatest Moment

1993 - Peach Tree 10k. Invitational road race. 4th of July - streets were lined with thousands of people


In March 1989, Anton Zappelli’s life changed forever while on a road trip with his girlfriend at the time and her two younger sisters. He let his girlfriend drive the car despite not having a license and she lost control of the vehicle, which flipped, breaking Anton’s back.

The crash left the 17-year-old a paraplegic and changed the course of his life.

Prior to the accident, Anton had been a promising junior golfer and

Anton has continued to excel as a Para-athlete competing in wheelchair road racing for a number of years, and even representing Australia. After a friend introduced him to shooting, once he tried the sport, Anton quickly succeeded.

Anton made his World Championship debut in 2014, finishing 13th in the 10m air rifle prone.

In 2015, after just four years in the sport, Anton had his first World Cup podium result. He won bronze in the air rifle prone and in doing so, qualified Australia’s sixth quota place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In 2010 documentary film maker, Sandra Cook, followed the journey of Anton and three friends as they travelled across the Australian Outback on quad bikes.

Along the 5000km journey, the group visited each of the road crash sites that led to their injuries. The award winning documentary was able to raise awareness and promote the importance of road safety – a cause which Anton is passionate about.

Anton spent five years touring with band The Waifs as a roadie. He is on the board of the Neurotrauma Research Program and lives in WA with his wife and twin boys.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m Air Rifle Prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 50m Rifle Prone Classification: SH1