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Ryan Cockbill

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried shooting at the 2007 Inter Spinal Unit Games in Stoke Mandeville, England. "Within three years, I was invited to join the GB shooting team; two years after that, I made my Paralympic debut at London 2012."
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports at the 2007 Inter Spinal Unit Games in Stoke Mandeville, England. "This was where I first tried target shooting. Off the back of this I decided to take up shooting as a hobby. I visited my local gun range twice a week. I quickly started to take the shooting more seriously and entered local shooting competitions. This was where I found a buzz for competition and wanted to compete more often."
Name of coach
Mike Babb [national], GBR

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Szczecin, POL

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012, 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games, and winning bronze in SH2 standing 10m air rifle at the 2019 World Cup event in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. (ablemove.co.uk, 23 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (paralympic.org, 14 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard, be dedicated, and push yourself." (disabilityhorizons.com, 19 May 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Paralympic Shooter of the Year and winner of the Paralympic Performance of the Year award by British Shooting. (britishshooting.org.uk, 04 Dec 2017)

He took part in the torch relay ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. His leg of the relay was in Birmingham, England. (ablemove.co.uk, 23 Aug 2021)
Other sports
He has played wheelchair rugby for Wolverhampton Rhinos in England. (paralympics.org.uk, 24 May 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (paralympics.org.uk, 04 Sep 2021)
Impairment
In 2006 he sustained a compression fracture of his spine after diving into a paddling pool at a garden party at his friend's house. His injuries resulted in tetraplegia. (expressandstar.com, 22 May 2015, 01 Nov 2013; trct.uk.com, 28 Apr 2011)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
To ensure he was still able to train during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, he and his father built a range in his house, which saw him shoot from his bathroom, through his bedroom and into a small shed. "Next to my patio door is a small window. We figured out we could connect a large air-ducting pipe to a small shed and replace the window with a panel. We used a laser target system to shoot through the window which proved it would work. It was a no-brainer. Once we figured out how to do it, we wanted to get it up as soon as possible so I didn't lose any training time. The home range has given me a chance to adapt my rifle for me. Now we are getting some really good results on the ranges too, so it has made a massive difference. I was able to use the time last year [2020] to experiment in different positions and with different adaptions on my rifle too, to help make things even more accurate, as well as easier in terms of accessibility as I have limited dexterity in my hands, which limits what I can do. My home range will probably be there in the background even when we are back to normal, although I prefer to travel away to training as we are used to being away for competitions; it gets you in the right frame of mind. Having my daily commute to my bathroom to shoot is completely different, but it has helped me maximise my time." (paralympics.org.uk, 13 Jan 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in England. (midlandsairambulance.com, 05 Dec 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2010-07-21 26
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Qualification 2012-09-01 17
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Qualification 2012-09-02 21
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Qualification 2016-09-10 9
R5 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2 Qualification 2016-09-13 9
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Team R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 4
Team R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 2
R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 26
R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 17
R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Final 2018-05-05 8
R4 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 5
Team R9 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 3