"I am convinced that Paul is a final candidate in P4."
Three time Paralympian Paul Schnider of Switzerland will look to celebrate his second decade of competitive shooting at the 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain with a finals spot in the P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1).
Schnider, who made his international debut at the European Championships in 1993 where he won a bronze medal in the team event alongside Patrik Plattner and Gerhard Weber, is aiming to qualify for the P4 finals on Tuesday, 22 October.
"I am convinced that Paul is a final candidate in P4. His motivation is great and he has not yet exhausted its potential”, national coach Claudia Marti said.
Following his bronze medal win in 1993, Schnider went on to compete in the 1995 European Championships where he won a silver, again in the team event with Gerhard Weber and Hans Ueli Zbinden.
He them made his Paralympic debut in Atlanta in 1996, finishing eighth and sixteenth in the P4 and P1 (men’s 10m air pistol SH1) respectively. After Sydney in 2000, he returned to the range at London 2012 to compete in the P1 and P4, but also ventured into the P3 (mixed 25m standing SH1) where he placed thirteenth.
At Alicante 2013, Schnider is the one Swiss hope entering the P1, P3 and P4. He will face stiff competition in the P4 from Russian London 2012 silver medallist Valery Ponomarenko and team mate Sergey Makyshev and Turkey's Korhan Yamac.
The 2013 IPC Shooting European Championships take place in Alicante, Spain and will feature nearly 170 athletes from over 30 countries, with more competitors than London 2012.
You can follow all the action from 20-25 October on Twitter @IPCShooting and on Facebook.com/IPShooting on on the live results page.