Shooter Natalie Smith won Australia’s first medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 10m air rifle standing. Achieving 492.4 points in the final, she placed third behind Chinese competitor Cuiping Zhang and German Manuela Schmermund.

Natalie became a paraplegic in a hiking accident at 34. An avid skydiver and equestrian, it didn’t take her long to begin looking for a new sport more suited to her ability, and in July 2010 she attended a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day where she tried shooting.

At the 2011 IPC Shooting World Cup at Fort Benning, USA, Natalie produced the performance of her career to win gold in the  in the 10m air rifle standing. Shooting 395/400 to qualify for the final, she produced a final score of 102.9, setting a new Australian record and cementing her place on the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team.

Following her success in London, Natalie, a …

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Date of birth
23 April 1975
Sport
Para-shooting
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Hiking accident
Residence
Meadowbrook, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2010
First competed for Australia
2011
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

The Australian Para-shooting team

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air rifle prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 10m air rifle standing Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 50m air rifle prone Classification: SH1
  • Sport: Para-shooting Discipline: 50m rifle 3 positions Classification: SH1

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