Anton Zappelli has been an integral member of the Australian Para-shooting team since his World Championships debut in 2014.

Once a promising golfer, Anton competed in wheelchair road racing throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, before finally finding his calling in 2011 as a star Para-shooter.

He won his first international medal, a bronze, at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, and made his Paralympic debut the following year at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where he contested two events and achieved a best result of 18th in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1.

This was a life-changing moment for Anton. Another came 27 years earlier on a corrugated gravel road in Ora Banda, WA, when his girlfriend at the time, who did not hold a driver license, lost control of the wheel of his car, hit a windrow and flipped. Although she, along …

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Date of birth
28 September 1971
Sport
Para-shooting
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Residence
Willagee, WA
Occupation
Manual arts technician
Started competing
2011
First competed for Australia
2011
Sport career highlights

Securing a quota spot for Australia for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Competing in the 1993 Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, USA

Favourite quote
Life is what you make it

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air rifle prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 50m rifle prone Classification: SH1

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