Described as one of the sharpest shooters in New Zealand, this year Michael has come away with some great results on the world stage, taking out six gold medals at IPC Shooting World Cup events and setting a new world record for the R4 10m Air Rifle event. Para-Shooting has two sport classes for athletes with an impairment of the lower limbs.
The SH2 sport class, which Michael competes in, is for rifle shooters with a more severe impairment including the upper limbs,and requires them to use a shooting stand. Michael shoots at a target the size of an old 50 cent piece, with the bulls eye the size of a full stop.
Twenty-four finalists from all over New Zealand were chosen for the award categories of Art, Courage in Sport, Making a Difference, Spirit of Attitude, Junior, Youth, Employer, and the Sport Performer award, with Michael up against Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher.
Held at Auckland Viaduct Events Centre, the night was a spectacular black tie gala event, with the aim to shine a spotlight on the disability sector, and draw attention to the one in four New Zealanders who live
with disability. For Michael, the award helped recognise his achievements this year. “It shows that I’m on track for good results in Rio 2016 and it tops off what has been a busy year competing and training. I’m really happy and honoured to have received this award.”