Another Gold for local paralympic shooter

Waiuku’s MichaelJohnson and his loader,Anna Skipper, celebratehis win at the IPCShooting World Cup inSydney.Photo: IPC Shooting

Waiuku’s MichaelJohnson and his loader,Anna Skipper, celebratehis win at the IPCShooting World Cup inSydney.Photo: IPC Shooting

Waiuku’s Michael Johnson has done it again and taken out a gold medal last Thursday evening in the 10m air rifle standing mixed SH2 at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney.

Johnson nailed a perfect 10.9 on his final shot to win gold with a total score of 211.7, taking him clear of Slovenia’s Gorazd Tirsek (210.4).
Fellow Kiwis Grant Sharman (625.3), Grant Philip (620.8) and Phillip Skinner (617.6) performed well placing 13th, 18th and 25th respectively in the same event.
Earlier in the day Michael also gainedmedal success winning bronze with team mates, Grant Sharman from Waiau Pa, and Grant Philip, in the R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2 team event. The team delivered a strong performance in a very competitive event.
Michael said he found the qualification round a little tougher than expected and was really happy to make the final.
“To come away with the win was awesome. It felt like the hard work that I have put in with Paralympics New Zealand and High Performance Sport NZ staff is paying off. The competition experience I am gaining here in Sydney is a great build up to Rio 2016.”
The New Zealand Para-Shooting team went on to win two gold, two bronze medals and, significantly, one slot for the nation at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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