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

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

In a highly competitive field in the 10m air rifle prone event, the Queensland Sporting Wheelies Senior Athlete of the Year nominee shot a perfect 600/600 score, 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-man final to finish 10th overall.

At the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, Bradley set a new Oceanian record in the 10m air rifle standing team event with teammates Luke Cain and Tracey Jackson. He won silver in the 10m air rifle prone and air rifle standing team event, and bronze in the air rifle standing and air rifle prone team event.

Inspired by 2016 Paralympic co-captain Kurt Fearnley, Bradley hoped to win gold at the Rio Games. Unfortunately, placing 12th in the air rifle standing and 29th in the air rifle prone qualifying rounds, he was unable to achieve this goal.

Bradley, who completed a Diploma of Teaching at the University of Auckland in 1994, is driven by social inclusion. A founder and chief executive of Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust in New Zealand, he remains involved with the Puppies in Prison program, and also conducts presentations on behalf of Assistance Dogs Australia.

Sports & Disciplines

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