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PEKKALA Erkki
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age71
Place of BirthHaapajärvi, FIN
Height1.60 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Alia Pekkala and children Sanna, Petri and Johanna.
Residence
Haapajärvi, FIN
Occupation
Farmer
Languages
Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting in 1987 in Haapajarvi.
Why this sport?
A friend recommended that he try it.
Club / Team
Haapajarven Shooting Society: Haapajärvi, FIN
Name of coach
Osmo Leivo
Coach from which country?
Finland
Coach from what year?
2001
Senior International Debut
Year
1993
Competing for
Finland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Bruges
General Interest
Hobbies
Moose hunting. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Most influential person in career
His wife Aila. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol
Finnish skiier Juha Mieto. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't worry, let your heart beat peacefully." (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Ambitions
To win another medal at the Paralympics. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Impairment
His left leg had to be amputated because of a work accident. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 Air Rifle Prone SH1  
14 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH1 597
27 2004 Free Rifle Prone SH1 573
29 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH1 959
12 2008 Free Rifle Prone SH1 584
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2006 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1  
16 2006 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
9 2010 R3 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1  
28 2010 R6 - 50m Free Rifle Prone SH1