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BLESSIN Doug
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age46
Place of BirthNew Westminster, CAN
Height1.82 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2
Further Personal Information
Family
Twin sons Jakob and Spencer
Residence
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Languages
English
Higher education
Digital Media Productions - British Columbia Institute of Technology: Burnaby, BC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began shooting at age 37 in New Westminster, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I used to play wheelchair rugby and then the kids came along so I had to give that up through lack of time. I then began working from home and needed a reason to get out of the house, so I chose a sport I knew I could be competitive at."
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Canada
Location
France
General Interest
Hobbies
Fly fishing. (metrovancouver.org, 21 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para shooter Chris Trifonidis. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never worry about the things you have no control over and always take extra care over the things you do." (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair rugby at national level. (thenownews.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Impairment
He is partially paralysed after being involved in a car accident in 1995. (thenownews.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Other information
ILLNESS
He took a six-month break from the sport after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2014. He recovered from the illness and was able to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.ca, 04 Jul 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
25 2012 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 595
24 2012 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 590
Qualification 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 621.0
6 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 124.9
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
21 2010 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2  
40 2010 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
27 2014 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 623.8
19 2014 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 631.0
27 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 623.3
45 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 624.0
40 2019 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 616.5
36 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 630.4
51 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 577.4
8 2019 R11 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 - Team  
World Cup (Sydney)
Rank Year Event Result
17 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 622.7
28 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 623.9
15 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 622.4
21 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 628.5
30 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 595.8
27 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 618.2
32 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 626.2
21 2018 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 597.9
25 2018 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 620.0
20 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 630.3
34 2019 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 602.9
31 2019 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 618.3
10 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 632.5
World Ranking (2018/01/01)
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
16 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
16 2018 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
International Shooting Competition of Hannover
Rank Year Event Result
12 2017 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 628.3
37 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 621.5