Anton Zappelli became a paraplegic in March 1989 when his now ex-girlfriend, who did not hold a driver license, lost control of the wheel of his car, causing it to flip.

Once a promising golfer, he began competing in wheelchair road racing before transitioning to shooting in 2011, making his international debut in 2014.

At the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia, Anton won bronze in the 10m air rifle prone, qualifying Australia’s sixth quota place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There he placed 18th in the air rifle prone and 36th in the 50m rifle prone.

In 2010, documentary filmmaker Sandra Cook followed Anton, Jim Cairns, Terry Mader and Paralympian Craig Parsons on a 5000km tour of the Australian outback on quad bikes. Visiting each of their crash sites, they helped to raise awareness and promote the importance of road safety.

Anton is on the board …

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Date of birth
28 September 1971
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Willagee, WA
Disability support worker
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Making his international debut in 2014

Greatest sporting moments

Competing in the AJC Peachtree Road Race in 1993 – held on the 4th of July, the streets were lined with thousands of people


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

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