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Shooting team announced for top international event

With just 37 days to go until 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships, Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) is thrilled to announce their team to compete at the event being held in Suhl, Germany from 19 – 26 July.


28082011182The team will be lead by Paralympic Bronze medallist Michael Johnson.

Michael has only just returned from Poland where he had an outstanding performance at the World Cup event winning a silver medal.

Johnson has been named amongst nine international athletes by the International Paralympic Committee as the ‘Ones to Watch’ for this event.  He has set his targets for this event and says, “It would be really great to win two medals, but I know it will be challenging with the high level of competition from around the world.”

Michael will be joined by experienced shooters Greg Reid and Grant Philip who have represented New Zealand in the past.

PNZ High Performance Director Malcolm Humm says, “This is a small but high quality team and one that is full of experience.. Michael Johnson is a world leader in Para-Shooting having medalled at the last 3 Paralympic Games. His experience and knowledge has filtered through to other Para-Shooting athletes, this being no more evident than seeing the quality performances of Greg and Grant over the past 18 months at IPC Shooting World Cups.”

Full team list includes:

Athletes Event Location
Michael Johnson R5 Air Rifle Prone Waiuku
  R4 Air Rifle Standing  
Greg Reid R3 Air Rifle Prone Wellington
  R6 50m Rifle Prone  
Grant Philip R5 Air Rifle Prone Christchurch
  R4 Air Rifle Standing  
Support staff
 Emily Smith Team Manager Auckland 
Lynda O’Cain Loader Auckland
Jill Phillip Loader/Carer Christchurch
Colin Phillip Loader/Carer Christchurch