If you do not believe that everyone has a destiny, the story of aspiring Paralympic shooter Glen McMurtrie may change your mind.

Six years after acquiring paraplegia in a dirt bike accident, Glen was driving wearily along a quiet rural road when he phoned a hotel in the next town and asked for a wheelchair-accessible room. There was one available, but when Glen arrived at the hotel a short time later, he was told that it was occupied. The occupant – Australian Para-shooting legend Ashley Adams.

The two men initially had little in common. Glen had not played sport since his accident, but over dinner and a few beers, Ashley’s spirited and unique stories about his shooting exploits inspired Glen to give it a go.

Ashley sold Glen a rifle and told him everything that he needed to know. He taught him strategy and about competing. He also introduced him …

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Date of birth
8 January 1983
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Dirt bike accident
Tingalpa, QLD
Technical and Further Education teacher
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2018 World Shooting Para-sport World Championships in Cheongju, South Korea

Greatest sporting moments

Watching the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Heroes/role models

Ashley Adams, Jonas Jacobsson

Favourite quote


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

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