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Matt Skelhon
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Date of Birth30 November -0001
LivesPeterborough
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BIOGRAPHY

Matt has represented ParalympicsGB at three consecutive Paralympic Games and won gold on his debut in Beijing.

He started shooting around the age of 11/12 as a hobby with his dad. In 2006, he got in to competitive shooting after finding out more about the sport at the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Games.

Two months after taking up the shooting he won silver in the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1 event at the National Championships. He then went on to compete internationally just 12 months later and secured a spot at the Beijing games just 18 months after taking up the sport full time.

Matt returned home the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games with a gold medal, after securing victory in the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1.

At London 2012, Matt was one of eight shooters to equal the world and Paralympic records with a score of 600 in the qualifying rounds of the R3 10m air rifle prone mixed SH1. In the final, he missed out on defending his title by just three-tenths to take the silver medal.

In his second event, the R6 50m air rifle prone mixed SH1, Matt pushed the defending Paralympic champion out of the medals and took an unexpected bronze in the event he had taken up just 18 months before the Games.

Despite setting a new Paralympic record in qualification, it wasn’t to be for Matt Skelhon at Rio 2016 as he finished seventh in the mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 shooting final. He also achieved an eleventh place finish in qualifying in the R3 mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1.

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