Bradley Mark

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Quick Facts

Disability
Incomplete quadriplegia
How acquired
Bacterial meningitis
Date of Birth
Tue, 26/02/1957
Home
Alexander Hills, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2009
Heroes
Ashley Adams
Career Highlights
Two gold medals at two 2011 World Cup events in Turkey and Sydney
Greatest Moment
Nominated as 2011 Queensland Sporting Wheelies Senior Male Athlete of the Year

Bio

When Brad Mark asked his physiotherapist if he could get out of weekly sessions by taking up a sport, the answer was in the affirmative and he instantly fell in love with the sport of shooting. Using the motto of “attention to perfection” Brad has since progressed to a world class standard and will compete at his first Paralympic Games in London.

After contracting meningitis, Brad became a quadriplegic at the age of 35. He enjoyed a superb 2011 season of competition, winning gold medals at the World Cup events in Sydney and Turkey. The day after winning World Cup gold in the 10m standing air rifle in Sydney, he was nominated for the 2011 Queensland Sporting Wheelies Senior Athlete of the Year, an achievement he remains extremely proud of.

When he’s not on the shooting range, Brad spends much of his time with his eight-year-old golden retriever, Ace. An accredited dog through Assistant Dogs Australia, Ace is a huge aid in helping Brad move from place to place, and attends many events that Brad competes in. He is quite the talented dog, even helping Brad perform daily tasks such as putting on his shooting jacket.

An active man with a passion for social inclusiveness, Brad is heavily involved in Assistant Dogs Australia and performs regular presentations with Ace on behalf of the organisation. He was a founder and CEO for Mobility Assistant Dogs in New Zealand and remains heavily involved in the Puppies in Prison program. Down the track, he is interested in ambassadorship and international relations.

Inspired by the feats of champion Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley, Brad has set his sights on winning gold in his favoured air rifle events at London 2012. Not content with just one Paralympic appearance, Brad also has his compass set towards the Rio 2016 Games.


Sport & Disciplines

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