Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Incomplete quadriplegia
How acquired
Accident playing football
Date of Birth
February 3, 1980
Fingal, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Michael Jordan

Career Highlights

Equal world record at first World Championships in 2010

Greatest Moment

Kerryn McCann winning gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games marathon


In 1999, 19-year-old Luke Cain was playing Aussie Rules football when he became sandwiched between two players in a horror on-field collision. Instantly dropping to the ground, Luke’s spinal cord was severely damaged, resulting in quadriplegia.

Coming from a well-known AFL family, it took Luke a number of years to adapt to life in a wheelchair but his competitive spirit never left him. Searching for a new sport, Luke saw shooting on the Wheelchair Sports Victoria website and having often gone hunting as a child with his family, Luke was already adept at handling firearms and decided to take up air rifle shooting.

Two years later, Luke astounded his domestic competition when he won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2009 Australia Cup series. That year, he made his national team debut at an international event when he represented Australia at the 2009 ISSF World Cup in South Korea.

Internationally, Luke’s performances quickly improved. He shot an equal world record at his first World Championships in 2010 to finish ninth. The following year he won silver at the 2011 Great Britain International in the 10m air rifle prone event, a career highlight.

Luke made his Paralympic debut in 2012 but did not shoot in his usual strong form. He was disappointed with his results – 27th in the 10m air rifle standing and 28th in the prone – but determined shortly after to use the experience to achieve bigger and better results in Rio in 2016.

Away from the demands of shooting competition, Luke loves being outdoors fishing and camping and used to enjoy wakeboarding, waterskiing and knee boarding while on family holidays at Lake Boort, Victoria.

Luke trains at home in a custom-built range and credits his mum for her dedication in helping him achieve his dreams. Luke has a pre-competition routine of listening to the same seven songs.

Sports & Disciplines

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