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Grant Sharman

Shooting | Wheelchair Rugby


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Auckland, NZL

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

Fishing, classic cars, stamp collecting. (, 01 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life's great, especially when you have balance. Keep things in perspective and have a sense of humour." (, 01 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named 2005 Aucklander of the Year in New Zealand. (, 04 Nov 2005)

In 2004 he received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to people with an impairment. (, 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. (, 01 Jan 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Jan 2017;, 27 Nov 2018)
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. (, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
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. (, 2016)

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." (, 20 May 2015;, 01 Jan 2017)

He has served as chairperson of Parafed Auckland in New Zealand. He worked as a high performance director for Paralympics New Zealand's from 2006 to 2011. (, 2016;, 13 Jun 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Preliminary 1996-08-20 5
Mixed Preliminaries - Standings 1996-08-20 3
Mixed Preliminary 1996-08-20 3
Mixed Preliminary 1996-08-21 7
Mixed Preliminary 1996-08-21 10
Mixed Semifinal 1996-08-22 202
Mixed Preliminary 1996-08-22 14
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 1996-08-23 102
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group B 2000-10-25 2
Mixed Group B 2000-10-26 3
Mixed Group B - Standings 2000-10-27 1
Mixed Group B 2000-10-27 6
Mixed Semifinal 2000-10-28 202
Mixed Bronze Medal Match 2000-10-29 102