Zappelli Earns Silver at World Shooting Para Sport Championships

Shooting | Published: Thu 10 May 2018

WA shooter Anton Zappelli has won a silver medal at the 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Korea.

 

The Rio 2016 Paralympic team member competed for Australia in the R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 along with Natalie Smith and Glen McMurtrie with the team finishing in second place.

 

Their combined effort of 1891.9 was just enough to sneak ahead of Slovakia in third, with an advantage of just .2 of a point.

 

In an impressive campaign, Zappelli also qualified for the individual 10m Air Rifle Prone final, finishing in eighth place overall.

 

The broader significance of Australian shooting team’s performances in Korea is that the nation has secured a quota position for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

 

In Rio, Australia sent a team of six athletes and they will be aiming to add further quota positions at future international shooting meets.

 

Before becoming an international shooter, Zappelli enjoyed a five-year spell as a roadie for the award winning WA band The Waifs. He has also featured in an award winning documentary titled The Ride, which saw he and other persons injured in road crashes embark on a 5,000km road trip by quad bike – visiting the scene of their life-changing accidents.