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Tim hits his Rio target

Marksman seals Paralympic spot in Brazil after World Cup shooting success

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Tim hits his Rio target

Tim Jeffery - off on the Road to Rio

AIR RIFLE marksman Tim Jeffery has achieved his dream of winning a place in the Great Britain squad for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The 19-year old from Newbury’s Sedgefield Road has just returned from Australia after winning his class of the IPC Shooting World Cup in Sydney, having earlier booked his Paralympics ticket by being placed in the World Championships.

The Sydney success was his first international gold medal he won the 10 metre air rifle prone SH2 class, beating Aussie Bradley Mark by a small.

Tim’s unusual home practice ‘range’ helped to prepare his success. “The 10 metre is my main event,” he said, “and I can get that by shooting though the lounge and into the conservatory.”

He also trains three times a month at Stoke Mandeville having forced his way into the British squad after being given little hope at one stage.

“When I was about 11 I was quite small and I said I sad I’d like to have a go and people said I wouldn’t be able to do it.

“Ever since then I was determined to prove them all wrong.”

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