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JOHNSON Michael
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age48
Place of BirthAuckland, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began target shooting in 2002.
Why this sport?
He wanted a hobby after his accident and chose shooting after seeing a brochure for Parafed Auckland Shooting Club in New Zealand. He was not serious about the sport at first but losing encouraged him to improve. "I didn't like that feeling, and it spurred me on to be better. I decided right there and then I didn't want to be the person in second place."
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
New Zealand
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the R4 mixed air rifle Sh2 event at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (paralympics.org.nz, May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't get stressed by the small stuff, and regardless of your results there will always be another competition." (paralympics.org.nz, 15 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the Sport Performer of the Year at the 2015 Attitude Awards in Auckland, New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 04 Dec 2015)

He was New Zealand's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 15 May 2012)

He was given the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011 for his services to Paralympic sport. (Athlete, 17 May 2012; gg.govt.nz, 03 Aug 2011)

He won the MVP award at the Jikji Cup in South Korea in 2007 after winning all four events he entered. (melrosechairs.co.nz, 15 May 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympics.org.nz, 13 Jun 2019)
Impairment
His impairment [quadriplegia] is the result of a car accident in 1996, at age 22, which left him with a broken neck and spinal cord injuries. (tvnz.co.nz, 11 Sep 2008; stuff.co.nz, 06 May 2018; paralympic.org, 15 Jun 2019)
Other information
COACHING FOCUS
He began to focus on coaching after the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "When I started the sport, I was the only athlete in New Zealand and I just thought we need more shooters. So I've been just trying to promote it and have been coaching people, trying to get them in." He combines his roles as coach and athlete at international competitions. "I do better when I'm distracted. I'll be running an event, and coaching, and shooting, and setting everything up. But I end up doing better rather than if I was just focusing on shooting." (paralympic.org, 30 Jun 2017, 02 May 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a shooting Para sport athlete liaison officer for the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. He has also served as the president of Parafed Auckland Shooting Club in New Zealand. (paralympic.org, 2017; paralympics.org.nz, 15 Apr 2015; insidethegames.biz, 09 Dec 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH2 599
1 2004 Air Rifle Standing SH2 704.3
9 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH2 599
3 2008 Air Rifle Standing SH2 701.2
4 2012 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 705.7
3 2012 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 704.7
5 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 142.4
Qualification 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 625.9
6 2021 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 167.0
9 2021 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 635.2
13 2021 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 620.2
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 700.9
1 2006 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 705.7
10 2006 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2  
3 2010 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 704.0
1 2010 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 593
19 2010 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
11 2014 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 607.5
11 2014 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 629.6
3 2014 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 189.9
2 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 253.6
7 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 146.7
7 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 141.5
5 2019 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 189.0
6 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 169.0
9 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 609.9
3 2019 R11 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 - Team 432.5
World Cup (Szczecin)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 212.6
8 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 82.8
1 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 211.2
1 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 212.1
1 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 211.7
4 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 168.8
2 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 211.5
2 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.3
3 2017 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 231.1
8 2017 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 121.7
7 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 146.9
10 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 615.6
9 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 627.4
6 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 167.4
11 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 604.7
2 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 252.2
2 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 255.1
1 2019 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 252.5
8 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 125.4
6 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 164.1
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
15 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
14 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2  
4 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
9 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
12 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2  
4 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
9 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
12 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2