Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Incomplete quadriplegia
How acquired
Bacterial meningitis
Date of Birth
February 26, 1957
Wynnum, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Ashley Adams

Career Highlights

2012 Paralympic Games - Shot 600 out of 600 to set a new Oceania record and equal the Paralympic & World record


When Bradley Marks tried his hand at an Easter Show shooting game, he realised his hand-eye coordination was quite good. After asking his physiotherapist if taking up a sport would get him out of weekly sessions, the answer was yes and Brad soon fell in love with the sport of shooting.

Brad became a quadriplegic at the age of 35 after contracting meningitis. He took up shooting in 2004 and competed in his first competition in 2009. Using the motto of “attention to perfection” Brad has since progressed to a world class standard.

He enjoyed a superb 2011 season of competition, winning gold medals at the World Cup events in Sydney and Turkey. The day after winning World Cup gold in the 10m standing air rifle in Sydney, he was nominated for the 2011 Queensland Sporting Wheelies Senior Athlete of the Year, an achievement he remains extremely proud of.

In 2012 at the age of 55, Brad made his Paralympic Games debut. In a highly competitive field in the 10m air rifle prone SH2 event, Brad shot a perfect 600 from 600 score, setting a new Oceania record and equalling the Paralympic and world record. However, Brad was one of 10 shooters who qualified with perfect record-equalling score, and with only the best eight making the finals, he was two bulls short and missed the final to finish 10th overall.

In his other event, the 10m air rifle standing SH2, Brad was among seven athletes in a shoot-off for a finals berth, but he just missed out, finishing ninth overall.

Brad competed at the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, and was again on the World Cup podium in 2015, taking a silver and a bronze from the World Cup in Sydney.

An active man with a passion for social inclusiveness, Brad is heavily involved in Assistant Dogs Australia and performs regular presentations for the organisation. He was a founder and CEO for Mobility Assistant Dogs in New Zealand and remains heavily involved in the Puppies in Prison program. Down the track, he is interested in ambassadorship and international relations.

Originally from New Zealand, Brad completed a Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland in 1994.

Inspired by the feats of champion Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, Brad has set his sights on winning gold in his favoured air rifle events at Rio 2016.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m standing air rifle Classification: SH2
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m air rifle prone Classification: SH2