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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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Ashley Phillip Adams

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Family
Son Iain
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Management - University of Queensland: Gatton, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age 39 in Adelaide, SA, Australia.
Why this sport?
He had firearms experience growing up in rural Australia, and was an occasional pistol shooter before he tried rifle shooting in 1993. "They gave me a rifle to try at this competition and within a year I was in the top shooting grade. I’ve got a natural ability to know how to use a rifle."

International debut

Year
1996
Competing for
Australia
Location
Atlanta, GA

General interest

Hero / Idol
Australian golfer Greg Norman, Australian motor racing driver Peter Brock. (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Shooting is the only game where there is direct cross over from Olympic and Paralympic events. When I lie on the ground, there is no difference between a person who has a broken back like me, and an able-bodied person. Making sure the Paralympic Movement is seen as equal to able-bodied sport is important. Sometimes people look down on you and say, ‘Oh, you’re only champion in disabled shooting’ like it’s not as good. And I say, ‘I don’t need any help mate. I won the able-bodied event as well'." (paralympic.org, 12 Apr 2012)
Impairment
He broke his back in 1982 in a motorbike race. The accident resulted in instant paralysis. "One bloke who helped me very much was a man who was the oldest living paraplegic in Australia and he gave me a few words on how to live. I still live by some of the things he told me.” (paralympic.org, 10 Apr 2012)
Other information
FATAL ACCIDENT
In March 2015 he died in a quad bike accident in Queensland, Australia. "It is hard to imagine an Australian Paralympic shooting team without him, such is the impact he has had on our team and the sport. He will long be remembered for his laconic approach to life, typical of the likeable country bloke from rural Queensland who always embraced the challenges ahead of him," president of the Australian Paralympic Committee Glenn Tasker said. (abc.net.au, 18 Mar 2015)

CATTLE FARMER
He owned a 64,000 acre cattle farm in Blackall, around 1000km west of Brisbane, QLD, Australia. He was well known in Australia's beef community for his genetic cattle breeding. "I’ve got three studs across 64,000 acres, so I use a four-wheel motorbike to get around. I can get on without any modifications, the cattle behave well around it, and so I’ve stuck with it. I’ve also designed my own gates. All my gates can open from either side, they swing both ways. And every gate on my property I can open single handed with a special latch that I made, that I won the Queensland Invention of the Year award with. Everything I do, I’ve got to know if I’m going to be able to get around, so I make things easier to live and work here." (paralympic.org, 14 Apr 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Preliminary 18
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Preliminary 22
Men's Air Rifle 3x40 SH1 Preliminary 18
Men's Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Preliminary 12
Mixed English Match SH1 Preliminary 5
Mixed English Match SH1 Final Round 7
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Preliminary 2
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2
Men's Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Preliminary 6
Men's Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Final Round 5
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Preliminary 9
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final Round 3
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Preliminary 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Final Round 4
Men's Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Qualification 9
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 11
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 4
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Air Rifle Standing SH1 Preliminary 9
Mixed Air Rifle Prone SH1 Preliminary 26
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Preliminary 6
Mixed Free Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 5
Men's Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Preliminary 11
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2010-07-17 6
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2010-07-19 51
Men's 50m Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Qualification 2010-07-20 3
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2010-07-23 5
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2010-07-23 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R1 - Men's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2012-08-31 15
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-01 16
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-04 20
R7 - Men's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2012-09-05 10
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2014-07-19 19
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 12
Team R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 5
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2014-07-22 5
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Final 2014-07-22 8
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 7
Men's 50m Free Rifle 3x40 SH1 Qualification 2014-07-25 11