Growing up, Chris Pitt was a star athlete, excelling in swimming and other sports, but at the age of 10 he was diagnosed with a virus for which there was no cure, and began using a wheelchair two years later.

Although he was raised on a farm in Bundaberg and well-trained in the use of firearms, Chris didn’t think to begin competing in shooting until 2010.

In January 2013 he was selected to join the Australian team and made his international debut three months later at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Szczecin, Poland, where he finished 13th of 37. At the IPC Shooting World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand later that year, Chris achieved his goal of reaching the finals in both his events, and at the Oceania Championships in Sydney in December, he won two gold medals.

Inspired by wheelchair racer Rheed McCracken, Chris began working towards his Paralympic …

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Date of birth
12 May 1965
Sport
Para-shooting
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Muscular dystrophy
How acquired
Virus
Residence
Bundaberg, QLD
Occupation
Carer
Started competing
2010
First competed for Australia
2013
Sport career highlights

Winning silver at the 2014 IPC Shooting World Cup at Fort Benning, USA

Greatest sporting moments

Rheed McCracken achieving a podium finish in two events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Ashley Adams and Libby Kosmala

Disciplines

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

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