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SHARMAN Grant
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC New Zealand   
GenderMen
Age60
Place of BirthPukekohe, NZL
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Auckland, NZL
Occupation
Artist
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting in 2009 in New Zealand.
Why this sport?
"I was talking to [Para shooter] Michael Johnson about his sport, and in a rather arrogant and flippant manner I suggested shooting was a bit of a 'girlie' sport. After all, I was a former wheelchair rugby player. Without missing a beat and showing no apparent sign of being offended, Mike invited me to have a go. This I duly did, using one of his rifles and shooting down the corridor at his home."
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, classic cars, stamp collecting. (mollybean.co.nz, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life's great, especially when you have balance. Keep things in perspective and have a sense of humour." (mollybean.co.nz, 01 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named 2005 Aucklander of the Year in New Zealand. (nzherald.co.nz, 04 Nov 2005)

In 2004 he received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with an impairment. (starjam.org, 19 Nov 2012)
Other sports
He was captain of the New Zealand wheelchair rugby team that won bronze medals at the Paralympic Games in 1996 and 2000. He then coached the team to a gold medal at the 2004 Games in Athens. (mollybean.co.nz, 01 Jan 2017)
Impairment
He has quadriplegia after breaking his neck while playing rugby in 1977. He spent the next 11 years rehabilitating at the Otara Spinal Unit in Auckland, New Zealand. (mollybean.co.nz, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired as an athlete in 2000 after competing in wheelchair rugby at the Paralympic Games in Sydney. He returned to competitive sport in 2010 as a shooting Para sport athlete. (parafedauckland.co.nz, 2016)

ARTIST
He took up mouth painting in 1980, and in 1988 he became a full member of the Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists [AMFPA]. In 2015 he presented one of his paintings to Prince Harry [member of the British royal family] who was visiting the Auckland Spinal Rehabilitation Unit in New Zealand. "It [painting] has given me financial independence and a greater quality of life. I get a thrill out of creating a painting that captures the subject matter and portrays it in a realistic form." (Facebook profile, 12 May 2022; stuff.co.nz, 20 May 2015; mollybean.co.nz, 01 Jan 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as chairperson of Parafed Auckland in New Zealand. He worked as a high performance director for Paralympics New Zealand [PNZ] from 2006 to 2011. (parafedauckland.co.nz, 13 Jun 2018, 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Cup (Sydney)
Rank Year Event Result
13 2015 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 625.3
8 2016 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 80.6
16 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 627.2
13 2017 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 619.7
18 2017 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 621.2
35 2019 R4 - 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 613.9
43 2019 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 623.4