Natalie Smith

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Natalie Smith
190411 - Natalie Smith - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Smith
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1975-04-23) 23 April 1975 (age 39)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Shooting

Natalie Smith (born 23 March 1975) is an Australian athlete. She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in shooting.

Personal[edit]

Smith was born on 23 March 1975.[1] She was originally from Fitzgibbon, Queensland.[2] When she was 34 years old, she had an accident while hiking that left her a paraplegic.[1][3] Prior to her accident, she was a skydiver and equestrian rider.[3] As of 2012, she lives in Hidden Valley, Victoria where she is a nurse.[1]

Shooting is a family sport, as her grandfather is Norman Lutz who was supposed to represent Australia at the 1956 Summer Olympics but ultimately missed the Games because of a heart attack.[3]

Shooting[edit]

Smith is an SH1 classified shooter competing in 10m Air Rifle Prone and 10m Air Rifle Standing events.[1][4] She has a shooting scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.[1]

Smith started competitive shooting in 2010 following an Australian Paralympic Committee talent search.[1] She made the Australian Paralympic shooting shadow team in 2011.[5] At the 2011 IPC World Cup meet in Fort Benning, she won a gold medal in the SH1 standing air rifle event.[1] In the process, she set an Australian record.[3] She was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in shooting.[1][4][6] The Games were her first.[2] There she participated in the Women's 10 m Air Rifle standing SH1 and Mixed 10 m Air Rifle prone SH1 – winning a bronze in the 10 m Air Rifle standing.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (1975-04-23). "Coles and VIS present Gateway to London | Natalie Smith | Paralympic Athletes". Victorian Institute of Sport. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Paralympic shooters on target for London". Ausshooting.org. 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d Hewitt, Sue. "Former Northern Hospital nurse shoots for Games gold". Northern Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Natalie Smith". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Alston, Josh (2011-07-27). "Smith's sights set on London Paralympics". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Kosmala on target for 11th Games -". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ Natalie Smith's profile on paralympic.org. Retrieved 6 October 2012.