Anton Zappelli, Natalie Smith and Glen McMurtrie will all return home from the World Shooting Para-sport World Cup in Al Ain, UAE, with bronze medals in their hand luggage.

Zappelli took third place in the mixed 10m air rifle prone R3 SH1 on day one of competition at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting & Golf Club, with Smith and McMurtrie matching his efforts on day two in the inaugural rifle standing mixed team event.

“It’s an honour to be among the first medallists in a brand new WSPS [World Shooting Para-sport] event,” McMurtrie said.

“Our shooting seemed to complement each other and it was fun to work as a team,” Smith added. “I’m glad that it [rifle standing mixed team] will be kept in the program going forward.”

For Shooting Australia’s High Performance Program Coordinator, Kurt Olsen, it was a perfect start to the year for the Australian Para-shooting team.

“This is a great result, showing what we can achieve as we work together and take on the rest of the world,” Olsen said. “It gives us a great platform to build momentum for the rest of the week and then on to the World Championships in Sydney later this year.”

The 2019 World Shooting Para-sport World Cup in Al Ain is an important opportunity for athletes to secure qualification slots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

By Shooting Australia
Posted: 19/02/2019