Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Muscular dystrophy
How acquired
Virus at age 10
Date of Birth
May 12, 1965
Bundaberg, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Ashley Adams and Libby Kosmala

Career Highlights

Wining silver in the 2014 IPC World Cup in Fort Benning

Greatest Moment

Reed McCracken winning silver and bronze at his first Paralympic Games at 16 years old


Chris Pitt was a star athlete throughout primary school, excelling in swimming and other sports. When he started slowing down his mother knew something was wrong, and at age 10 he was diagnosed with a rare virus for which there was no cure. The degenerative muscle condition saw Chris using a wheelchair from age 12.

Growing up on a farm in Bundaberg, QLD, Chris was always adept at using firearms.  He also did two years of rifle shooting when he was in high school.

It wasn’t until 2010, when Chris was 45, he took up shooting as a sport. Two of his friends encouraged him to get involved and he hasn’t looked back since.

Pitt was selected in the Australian team in January 2013 for the first time and competed in his first international competition in Szczecin, Poland in April, finishing 13th out of 37 competitors. At his second World Cup meet in Thailand, Chris set himself the goal of making the finals – and succeeded, finishing seventh and eighth in his two events. He finished 2013 with two gold medals at the Oceania Championships.

In 2014, Chris stepped up again, competing at the IPC Shooting World Championships in Germany. He placed 11th in the 25m Pistol and 44th in the 10m Air Pistol.

Throughout 2015 Chris continued to perform consistently well with three top-10 results at World Cups. And as a positive sign leading into the Paralympic year, he was seventh in the 25m pistol at the first World Cup of the year in Al Ain, UAE. He was also 14th in the 10m event.

Chris was inspired to take his shooting to the next level and aim for the Paralympics after watching wheelchair athlete Rheed McCracken compete at the London 2012 Games. Chris described watching the 15-year-old win a silver and bronze at his first Games and thinking that he was “soft” for not going for the Paralympics himself.

Outside of shooting, Chris enjoys fishing and has a passion for fast cars especially old school street cars.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m Air Pistol Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 25m Pistol Classification: SH1