Matt Skelhon

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Matt Skelhon
Medal record
Representing  Great Britain
Shooting
Summer Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Mixed 50 m Air Rifle Prone SH1

Matthew James Skelhon[1] (born 30 October 1984) is a British sport shooter.[2] At the 2008 Summer Paralympics he won the gold medal in the SH1 10 metre prone air rifle event.

Skelhon lost the use of his legs following a car accident.[3] He competes in the SH1 Paralympic classification for pistol and rifle competitors that do not require a shooting stand.[4] He started shooting competitively when he joined the Disabled Target Shooting Association of Great Britain in April 2006 after discovering his talent at the WheelPower Inter Spinal Unit Games. Two months later he won a silver medal in the national championships.[5][6] He became a member of Whittlesey Rifle Club and was named as part of a four-man shooting squad for Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[3]

At the Games Skelhon competed in two events; the men's standing air rifle and the mixed-sex prone air rifle. He finished 18th of 26 athletes in the qualification round of the standing air rifle and did not advance to the medal round.[7] In the qualification round of the prone air rifle Skelhon and Chinese shooter Zhang Cuiping each shot a perfect 600 out of 600 to equal the world record. In the 10-shot medal round Skelhon shot a further 104.9 for a total score of 704.9, enough to beat Zhang by half a point and win the gold medal.[7][8][9] On his return from the Games to his home village of Stilton Skelhon was greeted by more than 200 friends, relatives and fans lining streets decked with balloons and banners.[10] In December 2008 he was presented with the Outstanding Individual Achievement award at the 13th annual British Wheelchair Sports Awards.[6]

In 2009 he won a gold medal in the 10 m air rifle prone SH1 and a silver in 10 m air rifle standing SH1 at the Polish Open and four silver medals at the Wheelpower National Shooting Championship.[11][12] Competing alongside Nathan Milgate and Deanna Coates Skelhon took gold in the team 10 m air rifle prone SH1 at the 2010 World Cup event in Turkey. At the same event he won silver in the individual 10 m air rifle prone SH1 and bronze in the falling target rifle SH1.[13]

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  1. ^ GRO reference: November 1984, Vol. 9, Page 1861
  2. ^ "London 2012 launches Paralympic recruitment drive". The Independent. 3 December 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Paralympics: Skelhon's mental strength will fire him to glory". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 5 September 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Andrew McGarry (3 September 2008). "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pupil has his sights set on Beijing paralympics success". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 15 July 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Gareth A. Davies (2 December 2008). "Britain's top wheelchair athletes from the Beijing Paralympics take top honours". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Results for skelhon from the International Paralympic Committee
  8. ^ Gareth A. Davies (11 September 2008). "Great Britain team saddle up for gold rush medal showdown with Chinese". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Skelhon wins shooting gold for GB". BBC Sport. 11 September 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Village welcomes home golden shot Skelhon". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 19 September 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Shooting: Matt Skelhon strikes gold once again". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 31 March 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Four more medals for Stilton shooting star". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 26 June 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Skelhon wins a full set of World Cup medals". The Evening Telegraph (Peterborough). 7 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010.