Qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is set to intensify as
more than 150 shooters from 34 countries gather in Sydney, Australia,
for the IPC Shooting World Cup which gets underway on Tuesday (15
The World Cup is the second Paralympic qualifier of 2015, and also acts
as the penultimate competition where athletes can secure quota places
for Rio 2016 in less than one years' time.
Australia head into their home World Cup with six places already
confirmed. Experienced rifle shooter Libby Kosmala, with an incredible
seven Paralympic Games behind her, will lead her team out at the Sydney
International Shooting Centre.
Teammate Mark Bradley is searching for a place at his second Paralympic
Games, and will go up against New Zealand's Philip Skinner, who finished
in the top 10 in R4 (mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2) on his
competitive debut in Antalya, Turkey, in May.
New Zealand have sent their biggest ever team to a World Cup with the
target of an increased squad for Rio 2016, led by Athens 2004 Paralympic
champion Michael Johnson.
"With upcoming World Cups in Sydney and the USA, New Zealand has the
potential to send more than one Paralympic shooter to Rio; it's just up
to those shooters to perform," Johnson said.
Powerhouses South Korea have the biggest contingent in Sydney with 23
Whilst the country already have 11 tickets to Brazil through
performances from R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) world champion
Jinho Park, the team will be looking to assess the progress of their
The USA are also hoping for a strong showing as they continue to develop
their shooting para-sport programme. With two places already confirmed
for Rio 2016, John Joss and Shaun Tichenor, both on active duty with the
armed forces, are on the hunt for more spots to add to those already
sealed by 19-year-old riflewoman McKenna Dahl and pistol shooter Michael
Rio 2016 hosts Brazil have sent nine athletes, including pistol shooter
Geraldo Rosenthal who was awarded 2013 Best Shooter of the Year by the
Brazilian Paralympic Committee. Debora Campos has already secured a
place for her country in P3 (mixed 25m pistol SH1).
A number of other countries are looking for their first quota places
including Canada, Croatia, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, the Netherlands,
Portugal, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand.
The 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney runs until 19 September. Live
results will be available at www.paralympic.org/shooting/results.
Live updates, behind the scenes content and pictures will also be posted
to IPC Shooting's Twitter and Facebook pages under the
The final Paralympic qualifier of 2015 will take place in Fort Benning,
USA, from 3-7 November.