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Accident playing football
Date of Birth
First Competed for Australia
Michael Jordan, James Hird
Shooting an equal world record at the World Championships
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. 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 blew his domestic competition away when he won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2009 Australia Cup series. Internationally, Luke’s performances are also improving from finishing ninth at the 2010 World Championships in Croatia to winning silver at the 2011 Great Britain International in the 10m air rifle prone event.
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.
Based at Springvale Range Club in Victoria, Luke is hoping his training combined with his pre-competition routine of listening to the same seven songs pays off at his first Paralympic Games in London.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: 10m air rifle standing
Disciplines: 10m air rifle prone