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Motorbike racing accident
Date of Birth
First Competed for Australia
Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Greg Norman, Peter Brock, Kieran Perkins
WC & WR English Match 1998, No. 1 Shooter Swiss Open 2002, 2003, silver and bronze at Athens 2004, gold and bronze at 2007 Korean Cup, Australian Open Prone Champion 2007
Being selected to shoot for the Australian Open able bodied team in the prone rifle English Match
Using the shooting range situated at his 64,000 acre rural property in Queensland, Ashley has spent countless hours refining his shooting technique, sometimes even in the middle of the night. The hard work appears to be paying dividends and he believes he is firing away better than ever in the prelude to London 2012.
After seriously injuring himself in a motorbike accident when he was 26, Ashley Adams took up shooting and hasn’t looked back since. At the Beijing Paralympics he was one of Australia’s best chances of a medal in shooting but narrowly missed out, twice gaining fourth place in the 10m air rifle standing and the 50m free rifle prone.
Ashley has represented Australia at the last four Paralympic Games and in Athens 2004 brought home a silver and bronze medal, which he sees as his greatest sporting moments. His world record at the English Match in 1998 and being ranked the number one shooter at the Swiss Open (2002/2003) are also among his most memorable achievements.
He is a passionate believer in equality for people with a disability and showed he is just as talented in able-bodied shooting as he is against athletes with a disability, recently finishing second in the prone event at the Australia Cup 3 in Sydney. With the prone the shooting event where able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability are equal in ability, he believes to important to showcase the talents of his Paralympic counterparts to the shooting and wider communities.
With a grandfather that was an elite level boxer, Ashley believes he has inherited an “incredible reflex action” that has significantly aided his shooting performances. Ashley works as a primary producer and owns three cattle studs in country Queensland. He is well-known in both the beef community as an industry leader in genetic cattle breeding through his trademark TendaBeef product. He unsurprisingly lists his favourite foods as corned beef and potatoes and also enjoys a Bundy and Coke in his free time. Ashley won gold in the 50m air rifle at the 2011 World Cup event in Spain, showing that everything is well on track for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: 10m air rifle standing
Disciplines: 10m air rifle prone,
Disciplines: 50m air rifle
Disciplines: 50m free rifle