Shooting Para sport is the sport of shooting for Para athletes who have a physical impairment leading to reduced function in the lower and/or upper limbs.

New Zealand boasts an outstanding crop of Shooting Para sport athletes led by Michael Johnson, four time Paralympian and the Athens 2004 Paralympic Mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 champion.

1976Para shooting was introduced as a medal sport on to the Paralympic programme for the first time at the Toronto Games with three medal events. A total of 37 Para shooters competed, including three women Para athletes.
1984Some 29 medal events featured on the Para shooting programme at the New York 1984 Paralympic Games.
1992At the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games the format moved away from a disability-oriented classification system towards a functional classification system with integrated events.
1994 The inaugural IPC Shooting World Championships took place in Linz in Austria. The event is later established as a quadrennial event.
2012A total of 140 Para shooters from 44 countries competed in 12 medal events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
2014At the IPC Shooting World Championships in Suhl, Germany, 250 Para athletes from more than 45 countries gathered to compete.
2016Three Para athletes have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

In Shooting Para sport, there are three different sport classes for Para athletes with physical impairments – Sport class SH1 (Pistol), Sport class SH1 (Rifle) and Sport class SH2 (Rifle). For more details, please download the following information sheet.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, 147 Para athletes from 42 countries competed in 12 different medal events.

View the Shooting Para Sport Information Sheet – this is a useful easy to follow guide.