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ADAMS Ashley
Sport Shooting, Shooting Para sport
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age64
Place of BirthToowoomba, AUS
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Iain
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Queensland: Gatton, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 39 in Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Why this sport?
He had firearms experience growing up in rural Australia, and was an occasional pistol shooter before he tried rifle shooting in 1993. "They gave me a rifle to try at this competition and within a year I was in the top shooting grade. Iíve got a natural ability to know how to use a rifle."
Senior International Debut
Year
1996
Competing for
Australia
Location
Atlanta, GA
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Australian golfer Greg Norman, Australian motor racing driver Peter Brock. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Shooting is the only game where there is direct cross over from Olympic and Paralympic events. When I lie on the ground, there is no difference between a person who has a broken back like me, and an able-bodied person. Making sure the Paralympic Movement is seen as equal to able-bodied sport is important. Sometimes people look down on you and say, ĎOh, youíre only champion in disabled shootingí like itís not as good. And I say, ĎI donít need any help mate. I won the able-bodied event as well'." (paralympic.org, 12 Apr 2012)
Impairment
He broke his back in 1982 in a motorbike race. The accident resulted in instant paralysis. "One bloke who helped me very much was a man who was the oldest living paraplegic in Australia and he gave me a few words on how to live. I still live by some of the things he told me.Ē (paralympic.org, 10 Apr 2012)
Other information
FATAL ACCIDENT
In March 2015 he died in a quad bike accident in Queensland, Australia. "It is hard to imagine an Australian Paralympic shooting team without him, such is the impact he has had on our team and the sport. He will long be remembered for his laconic approach to life, typical of the likeable country bloke from rural Queensland who always embraced the challenges ahead of him," president of the Australian Paralympic Committee Glenn Tasker said. (abc.net.au, 18 Mar 2015)

CATTLE FARMER
He owned a 64,000 acre cattle farm in Blackall, around 1000km west of Brisbane, QLD, Australia. He was well known in Australia's beef community for his genetic cattle breeding. "Iíve got three studs across 64,000 acres, so I use a four-wheel motorbike to get around. I can get on without any modifications, the cattle behave well around it, and so Iíve stuck with it. Iíve also designed my own gates. All my gates can open from either side, they swing both ways. And every gate on my property I can open single handed with a special latch that I made, that I won the Queensland Invention of the Year award with. Everything I do, Iíve got to know if Iím going to be able to get around, so I make things easier to live and work here." (paralympic.org, 14 Apr 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Shooting Para sport
Rank Year Event Result
9 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH1 598
3 2004 Air Rifle Standing SH1 692.2
5 2004 Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 1231.9
2 2004 Free Rifle Prone SH1 697.8
11 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH1 599
4 2008 Air Rifle Standing SH1 693.0
9 2008 Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 1137
4 2008 Free Rifle Prone SH1 688.5
15 2012 MR1 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 583
16 2012 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 598
20 2012 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 583
10 2012 R7 - 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 1127
World Championships - Shooting Para sport
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 686.7
26 2006 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
14 2006 R1 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1  
7 2006 R7 - 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 1235.2
8 2010 R1 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 686.3
53 2010 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
4 2010 R7 - 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 1243.3
2 2010 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 689.7
19 2014 R1 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1 611.2
12 2014 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 630.5
8 2014 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 79.4
11 2014 R7 - 50m Rifle 3 positions SH1 1143