Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Hiking accident
Date of Birth
April 23, 1975
Meadowbrook, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


The Australian Disable Shooting Team - their achievements are amazing

Career Highlights

Winning bronze at the London 2012 Games

Greatest Moment

Attending Sydney 2000 Olympics as a spectator


Shooter Natalie Smith won Australia’s first medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, taking bronze in the women’s R2-10m air rifle standing SH1 class. The then 37-year-old shot a total of 492.4 points to claim the bronze medal at her debut Games.

Natalie became a paraplegic at the age of 34 when she was involved in a hiking accident. At an APC Talent Search Day in July 2010, she decided to have a go at shooting and it obviously proved the right choice, with Natalie developing at a fast rate ever since.

In the lead up to London 2012, Natalie produced the performance of her career to win gold in the SH1 standing air rifle at the 2011 IPC World Cup meet in Fort Benning, USA. She shot 395 from 400 to qualify for the final before demolishing her competition with an excellent final score of 102.9, breaking the Australian record in the process. The supreme performance sealed Natalie’s position on the national team for the London 2012 Games.

The promising form continued in her next meet in Sydney as Natalie won her second successive World Cup event in a row, taking home gold in the R2 women’s standing air rifle.

In 2014, Natalie realised a life-long dream when she gave birth to her son Daniel. Doctors were unsure if Natalie would be able to ever have children naturally because of the extent of her injury and Natalie herself said she could only truly believe it when Daniel was born.

In November 2015, Natalie secured a sensational victory over Slovakian Paralympic and World Championships medallist Veronika Vadovicova in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions, at the IPC World Cup in Al Ain, UAE.

She kicked off her 2016 season in style, again taking gold in Al Ain at the World Cup. She took to the podium with bronze on Day One of competition with Australian team members Anton Zappelli and Libby Kosmala for the R3 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event. The result buoyed her to then go on to win gold in the Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. She is in fine form heading towards Rio 2016.

As well as shooting, this active Queenslander enjoys horse riding, sky-diving and has a penchant for shoes, boasting a large shoe collection. Natalie is a qualified nurse and has completed both undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the industry.

Natalie plans to compete for a long while yet and is looking forward to travelling all over the world courtesy of her burgeoning shooting career.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m air rifle standing Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 10m air rifle prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 50m Rifle Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Shooting Disciplines: 50m air rifle prone Classification: SH1