Chris Pitt made his Paralympic debut in Para-shooting at the age of 51, proving better than anybody that it is never too late to live your dreams.

Once a star athlete, Chris was 10 when his sporting dreams were put on hold by a degenerative muscle disease called dermatomyositis. He spent many months in and out of hospital, and almost four decades passed before he found his way back to sport, when he watched a then 15-year-old Rheed McCracken compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Watching Rheed, a fellow Bundaberg boy, represent his country with such pride inspired Chris to do the same, and in 2013, he made his international debut at the International Paralympic Committee Shooting World Cup in Szczecin, Poland, where he placed 13th in a field of 37. The following year, Chris competed at his first World Championships, and in 2016, he had the honour of …

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Date of birth
12 May 1965
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Dermatomyositis
How acquired
Bundaberg, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Placing fourth in the mixed 25m pistol P3 SH1 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Watching Rheed McCracken win a silver and bronze medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Ashley Adams, Libby Kosmala

Favourite quote
Die trying


  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air pistol Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 25m pistol Classification: SH1

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