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WHAPPLES Michael
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age37
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SH-VI, SH-VI
Further Personal Information
Residence
Melton Mowbray, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Physics
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at his school.
Why this sport?
"I decided to try shooting to see what it was like and ever since then I have been hooked."
Club / Team
Holwell Rifle Club: Melton Mowbray, ENG
General Interest
Hobbies
Solving puzzles, enjoying comedy, sailing, computer programming. (Twitter profile, 27 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year at the Melton Times Sports Awards in 2018. (ashotinthedark.online, 01 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born with impaired vision because of a rare eye condition. He lost his vision completely in 2006 at age 20. (ashotinthedark.online, 08 Apr 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a software developer for the American Printing House for the Blind. "My real interest in software was triggered back when I was studying physics at university and was having trouble getting mathematical documents in a format I could read. The software out there at the time was simply not good enough and so I started to write some software for my own use. As I felt the benefit of the software I was writing, it made me realise what a difference software could make. If it had not been for this experience, would I feel so strongly about wanting to write software and that software should be accessible to all? Possibly not and my life may have taken a different direction." (ashotinthedark.online, 08 Apr 2019)

OTHER ROLES
He is the chairman of the shooting committee of the International Blind Sports Association. (ibsasport.org, 01 Jan 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2019 VI - 10m Air Rifle Prone 106.4
3 2019 VI - 10m Air Rifle Standing 183.2
World Cup (Châteauroux)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 VI - 10m Air Rifle Standing 214.0
2 2019 VI - 10m Air Rifle Prone 234.3
5 2019 VI - 10m Air Rifle Standing 139.6