Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Incomplete quadriplegia
Sport
Shooting
How acquired
Bacterial meningitis
Date of Birth
February 26, 1957
Home
Wynnum, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Ashley Adams

Career Highlights

Shooting 600/600 in the 10m air rifle prone event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games to set a new Oceanian record and equal the Paralympic and world records

Bio

New Zealand-born Bradley Mark became an incomplete quadriplegic at 35 after contracting bacterial meningitis. He began shooting just over a decade later as an alternative to physiotherapy.

With dominant performances in the lead-up to London 2012, including gold in the 10m air rifle standing individual and team events at the 2011 IPC Shooting World Cups in Sydney and Fort Benning, USA, Bradley was well-placed for a podium finish at his Paralympic Games debut.

In a highly competitive field in the 10m air rifle prone, the 2011 Queensland Sporting Wheelies Senior Athlete of the Year nominee shot a perfect 600/600, setting a new Oceanian record and equalling the Paralympic and world records. However, as one of 10 shooters who qualified with 600, he was two bulls short and missed the eight-person final to finish 10th overall.

At the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Bradley again set a new Oceanian record, this time in the 10m air rifle standing team event with teammates Luke Cain and Tracey Jackson. Winning silver in that event, he also medalled in the 10m air rifle prone, 10m air rifle prone team event, and 10m air rifle standing.

Though inspired by 2016 Australian Paralympic Team co-captain Kurt Fearnley, Bradley was unable to achieve his goal of Paralympic gold in Rio, placing 12th in the air rifle standing and 29th in the air rifle prone.

The Wynnum local, who completed a Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland in 1994, was a founder and chief executive of Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust in New Zealand. He remains involved with its Puppies in Prison program and also regularly conducts presentations on behalf of Assistance Dogs Australia.

Sports & Disciplines

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