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