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BAILEY Issy
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Matt Skelhon
Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, French
Higher education
English Literature - University of Exeter: England
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up shooting Para sport at age 19 while being treated for her injuries at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try shooting as part of her rehabilitation. "I broke a lot of ribs in my accident and I was simply in too much pain to try anything other than a passive sport. I had shot rifles in the CCF [Combined Cadet Force] at school and done some clay pigeon shooting but the pistol shooting was a way of passing the time and meeting people."
Name of coach
Steve Pengelly, GBR
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Hobbies
Travel, reading, food. (Instagram profile, 21 Jun 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (wiltsglosstandard.co.uk, 04 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol
British hockey player Kate Richardson-Walsh. (sportsaid.org.uk, 19 May 2015)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair rugby for the Stoke Mandeville Maulers and wheelchair badminton for Devon Racqueteers in England. Prior to her accident, she played hockey at university level and competed in athletics at junior national level in England. (Twitter profile, 08 Nov 2019; exeteramagazine.com, 12 Nov 2015; sportsaid.org.uk, 19 May 2015; gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 05 May 2014; thepowerof10.info, 17 Jul 2011)
Famous relatives
Her partner Matt Skelhon represented Great Britain in shooting Para sport at the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 Paralympic Games. He won gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing, and silver and bronze at the 2012 Games in London. (Instagram profile, 24 Apr 2022; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jun 2022; paralympics.org.uk, 01 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
After retiring from competition, she would like to work as a performance-lifestyle advisor or access consultant. (LinkedIn profile, 22 Jun 2021)
Impairment
In June 2013 she and two friends were returning home from the cinema when they were involved in a car accident. She had to be resuscitated at the scene and was placed in an induced coma for five days. Her injuries included a broken back, five broken ribs, a crushed right lung and a severed liver. She was paralysed from the waist down and lost the full use of her left hand. She spent four weeks in intensive care, and six months in John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, before being transferred to the spinal injury unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, England. (wiltsglosstandard.co.uk, 04 Aug 2016; gloucestershireecho.co.uk, 05 May 2014)
Other information
DEALING WITH HER IMPAIRMENT
She says she initially struggled to come to terms with her impairment, but that sport played a role in her accepting her new life. "I couldn't understand why the nurse wouldn't tell me when I could go home but the truth is they didn't know if I was going to get over the injuries I'd sustained. I did, but after three weeks of sucking juice from a sponge in an intensive care unit, and then regaining hand function in a ward for traumatic accidents, it began to sink in that it was unlikely that I'd walk again. I cried a lot. I got a lot of pain from everyday things like hugs, coughing and lying on my right side. Because my right lung was crushed, I had trouble breathing for a while, too. When I developed enough strength, I started the course of physiotherapy that took me from full dependency on multiple nurses to independence. It took five months. My left hand doesn't work properly, so there are still things I need help with, but I'm back in the world of sport and I feel like I've come home again." (prancingthroughlife.com, 16 Mar 2015)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in global literatures and cultures at the University of Exeter in England. She has also undertaken a Continuing Professional Development [CPD] course in life coaching. (Instagram profile, 21 Jun 2022; LinkedIn profile, 22 Jun 2021)

OCCUPATION
She has worked as an athlete relationship manager for The Transition Phase, a company that helps athletes make career transitions and balance dual careers. (LinkedIn profile, 22 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Qualification 2016 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 359
18 2021 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 468
21 2021 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 551
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1  DNS
19 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 544
35 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 506
7 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 347
33 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 547
11 2019 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 344
9 2019 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 551
World Cup (Stoke Mandeville)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 123.5
9 2015 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 282
4 2015 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 143.9
16 2015 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 323
11 2015 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 363
11 2015 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 316
19 2015 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 479
14 2015 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 359
13 2015 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 325
7 2015 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 91.7
43 2015 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 467
6 2016 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 109.9
12 2016 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 313
11 2017 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 325
5 2017 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 165.7
19 2017 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 502
32 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 509
14 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 545
11 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 328
26 2018 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 523
7 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 127.9
14 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 326
31 2018 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 497
20 2019 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 526
11 2019 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 325
8 2019 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 112.1
22 2022 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 529
8 2022 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 329
  2022 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  DNS
5 2022 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 12
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2022 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 84.1
6 2022 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 337
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
11 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
9 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1  
20 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
12 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1  
20 2018 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1  
12 2018 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1  
International Shooting Competition of Hannover
Rank Year Event Result
15 2017 P3 - 25m Pistol SH1 538
20 2017 P4 - 50m Pistol SH1 508
9 2017 P5 - 10m Air Pistol Standard SH1 334
6 2017 P2 - 10m Air Pistol SH1 144.4