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Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthGlasgow, SCO
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Wife Madeline, daughter Bryn [2021]
Cumbernauld, SCO
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Sport Studies - Cumbernauld College: Scotland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising Para Nordic skiing in 2014, and made it his main focus in 2016.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to get involved in Para Nordic skiing after attending the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi as a spectator. "I loved the physicality and variety of the sport."
Name of coach
Kieran Jones; Simon Allison
Training Regime
He trains up to 20 hours per week.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Being with family. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Scottish rugby union player Jason White. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What leads you to the highest stages of sport is that you want to challenge yourself, and be a better version of yourself every single day." (, 05 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was inducted to the North Lanarkshire Sporting Hall of Fame in Scotland. (, 25 May 2018)

He received the Overcoming Adversity Award at the 2012 Sun Military Awards in Great Britain. (, 2016)
Other sports
He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. He also represented Great Britain at the 2016 International Para Rowing and Masters Regatta in Gavirate, Italy, and participated in Para athletics at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. Prior to his injury he played rugby at U18 level for Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Jan 2019;, 30 May 2017;, 18 Apr 2016;, 2016)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 24 Nov 2021)
In 2011 he stepped on a roadside bomb while serving as a paratrooper in the British Army in Afghanistan. The explosion resulted in the amputation of both his legs below the knee. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018;, 18 Apr 2016)
Other information
His daughter Bryn was born in September 2021, 12 weeks before she was due. He says becoming a father has given him extra motivation. "She's given me a lot of reasons to get up and do my best every day. She arrived three months early, which was a bit of a shock, but it's been really special. Any regard for your own welfare, you know, is out the window. You're caring for your daughter and for your wife." (, 24 Nov 2021; Madeline O'Shaughnessy-Hunter Instagram profile, 14 Sep 2021)

Having represented Great Britain in Para rowing, he switched his focus to Para Nordic skiing in 2016. "Probably the most challenging part was coming from GB Rowing - probably the most well-oiled, well-refined Olympic medal machine that's ever existed - to a system where I really had to build that system around me, and find the people who were passionate and willing to believe in that journey." (, 24 Nov 2021;, 13 Feb 2017)

He says Para sport has allowed him to find his purpose again following his injury in 2011. "I had this story of how I lost my legs looming over my shoulder everywhere I went, every newspaper article was about being a soldier and losing my legs. The long and short of it was that was a bad day at work for us and I don't want it to define me for the rest of my life. Sport is what I've found that purpose, that reason and definition through. All of a sudden you find yourself in a world where people don't care how you got injured." (, 21 Jan 2018)

He has studied history at the University of Stirling in Scotland. (Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2021; Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)

He has served as an ambassador for Erskine, a Scottish veteran support charity. "Erskine has been setting the standards for veterans' care for over a century and seeing the incredible work they do gives me, and fellow veterans, real confidence in the life-long availability to us and our families." (, 25 May 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
18 2018 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 27:28.1
13 2018 12.5km Middle - Sitting 54:52.9
14 2018 15km Individual - Sitting 53:58.1
9 2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 20:34.7
9 2022 10km Middle - Sitting 33:11.7
6 2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 40:32.5
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
17 2018 15km - Sitting 46:07.4
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:17.72
14 2018 7.5km - Sitting 25:17.5
12 2022 18km - Sitting 50:41.6
16 2022 10km - Sitting 36:16.8
12 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Open 35:27.3
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 26:42.3
8 2018/2019 12.5km Middle - Sitting 49:38.7
11 2018/2019 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 27:32.0
8 2018/2019 15km Individual - Sitting 56:25.1
12 2021/2022 6km Sprint - Sitting 20:42.5
15 2021/2022 10km Middle - Sitting 37:26.7
9 2021/2022 12.5km Individual - Sitting 47:35.9
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Sitting  
18 2016/2017 15km - Sitting 48:24.0
  2016/2017 10km - Sitting  DNS
8 2018/2019 10km - Sitting 24:19.1
10 2018/2019 Sprint - Sitting  
6 2018/2019 15km - Sitting 50:53.8
14 2021/2022 10km - Sitting 36:04.6
8 2021/2022 18km - Sitting 54:30.5
13 2021/2022 Sprint - Sitting