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ZAPPELLI Anton
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age51
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Kate, twin sons Henry and Angus, daughter Josie
Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in shooting Para sport in 2011.
Why this sport?
"I was always looking for a sport similar to golf, an individual sport."
Club / Team
Western Australian Institute of Sport [WAIS]: Australia
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Stoke Mandeville, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Zap, Zappa (Facebook profile, 17 Jan 2019)
Injuries
He underwent surgery five weeks before the start of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which affected his training in the lead-up to the Games. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is what you make it." (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Shooting Athlete of the Year and Para Shooter of the Year at the Shooting Awards Australia. (kalamundasrc.org, 01 Mar 2020)

In 2019 he won the International Athlete award at the Western Australia Shooting Association Awards. (kalamundasrc.org, 01 Mar 2020)

In 2017 he was jointly named Para Shooter of the Year with Chris Pitt by Shooting Australia. (tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020; shootingaustralia.org, 08 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has competed for Australia in wheelchair racing, and in his teens he represented Western Australia in golf. (tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020)
Impairment
In 1989, at age 17, he was involved in a car accident in Western Australia that resulted in paraplegia. His girlfriend at the time was driving and lost control of the vehicle, causing the car to flip. "My fracture is known as a common seat belt fracture. The seatbelt saved me from going through the windscreen, but actually broke my back at the same time." (tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020; againstthegrain.org.au, 01 Jan 2012)
Other information
TOKYO DISAPPOINTMENT
He was disappointed with his performance at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he believes his form was affected by medication he was taking as a result of a surgical procedure he underwent five weeks prior to the Games. "I'm not happy with my performance that's for sure. I had an operation five weeks ago and the medication has been causing all sorts of issues. I fired good shots and then reset and then just wasn't in the right position. It's bizarre because I don't have nerves or anything like that, I shoot and it looks like it should be in the 10s but it's not." (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2021)

GOLF SIMILARITIES
He enjoyed playing golf prior to his accident, and he feels that having a background in the sport has helped him in shooting Para sport. "There are a lot of similarities. I'm right into the precision of shooting and I like that the most. It's a mental game. Once you master the process, then it's all in your mind and golf is the same. You can hit the ball a mile but when it comes down to the pressure and controlling your mind, if you're not there with that you may as well not be playing. With shooting its very similar. I'd say it's a 99% mind game at the top level once everything is sorted with your equipment and your skill levels are up there. Then it all comes down to what's between your ears." (tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020; shootingaustralia.org, 20 Sep 2020)

DOCUMENTARY
In 2010 he rode 5000 kilometres across Australia on a quad bike with three friends, including Australian wheelchair rugby Paralympian Craig Parsons. The journey was filmed and turned into a documentary named 'The Ride'. "I was asked to join them. After a few meetings, the plan had become bigger than 'Ben-Hur'. We decided to make a documentary where we would visit our crash sites as we traversed the country. Fellow rider Jim Cairns, also the assistant producer, sneakily talked my then fiancee Kate into having our wedding at Uluru [in the Northern Territories in Australia]. It was basically to show that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and get out there and make it happen." (tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020; velvetantartdesign.com, 25 Mar 2013)

BAND ROADIE
He spent five years touring with Australian folk rock band 'The Waifs' as a roadie. He was initially invited to join the band for three or four weeks while he recovered from a burn injury. He had been aiming to compete in Para athletics at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta at the time. "I flew into Broome [in Western Australia] to meet up and didn't come back. I didn't see a winter for four years. I upset a lot of people in the sporting world back then, but I had a great time, four to five years travelling Australia in a wheelchair with some great people was something I wouldn't change." (paralympic.org, 06 Sep 2021; paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2021; tokyo2020.org, 17 Nov 2020; againstthegrain.org.au, 01 Jan 2012)

PARA SPORT
He says Para sport played an important role in rebuilding his life following his accident. After recovering from his injuries, he moved to Perth, WA, Australia, to pursue wheelchair racing. "Before the accident, I knew where I was going in life. I was fairly determined, I had a plan, and felt lost because all of a sudden it was gone. It was sport that pulled me though, I had something to work towards, before I knew it I was training between four and six times a week." (paralympic.org.au, 01 Sep 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2016 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 629.9
Qualification 2016 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 598.3
15 2021 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 631.6
11 2021 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 616.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 630.2
25 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 610.6
8 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 125.6
2 2019 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 252.9
8 2019 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 120.1
World Cup (Stoke Mandeville)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 82.8
3 2015 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 188.4
24 2015 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 607.8
11 2015 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 627.4
11 2015 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 610.3
15 2015 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 629.2
5 2015 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 141.6
4 2016 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 168.4
19 2016 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 608.6
17 2016 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 628.8
16 2016 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 592.1
6 2017 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 166.4
3 2017 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 222.3
3 2017 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 229.9
10 2017 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 611.8
4 2017 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 207.8
2 2017 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 248.4
16 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 628.5
22 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 610.3
6 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 162.2
45 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 619.2
3 2019 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 231.7
10 2019 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 617.1
8 2019 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 125.3
7 2019 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 141.1
27 2022 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 628.1
42 2022 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 593.8
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
5 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1  
8 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
7 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1  
8 2018 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
7 2018 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1