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BLESSIN Doug
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Canada   
GenderMen
Age49
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
Port Coquitlam, BC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Customer Service
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."
Name of coach
Gale Stewart [national], CAN
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Canada
Location
France
General Interest
Hobbies
Photography, fly fishing, hunting, spending time with his dog. (Instagram profile, 11 Jun 2022)
Hero / Idol
Canadian Para shooter Chris Trifonidis. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Injuries
He had a broken leg in 2017. (Instagram profile, 19 Jun 2017)
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)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 Male Athlete of the Year by the Shooting Federation of Canada [SFC]. (sfc-ftc.ca, 01 Jan 2020)

He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada. (paralympic.ca, 31 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair rugby at national level. (thenownews.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Instagram profile, 05 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He has partial paralysis following a car accident in 1995. (thenownews.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Other information
HEARTBEAT CONTROL
He says he has developed a measured control of his heart rate and that he is at his best when he can slow his heart to around 50 to 58 beats per minute [bpm]. "Any lower than [50 bpm] and I tend to feel sleepy. Any higher [than 58 bpm] it can then affect your accuracy and you'll have to add in the focus of really shooting between heartbeats." (tricitynews.com, 23 Aug 2021)

ILLNESS
He took a six-month break from the sport after he was diagnosed with leukaemia 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)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a customer service representative for a rifle component manufacturer in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 21 May 2022)

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
28 2021 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 615.4
33 2021 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 627.5
28 2021 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 610.3
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
33 2022 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 615.0
5 2022 R11 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 - Team 617.7
35 2022 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 597.7
41 2022 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 627.1
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