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Stetson Bardfield

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SH2

Further personal information

Family
Wife Kellie
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up rifle shooting in 2014. "I started with soccer [in 2010], and I've done kayaking, snowboarding, and now rifle shooting."
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to begin rifle shooting by a former marine, Pedro Aquino, who he watched compete at an event for wounded military veterans. "I loved watching him shoot. At the end of the event, we went to the range, and he gave me his gold medal. A few days later he asked if I wanted to try out shooting, and I was like why not. At some point, I ended up shooting a 10.9 in my very first day shooting. That's what sparked my love for shooting. I was flabbergasted that shooting was an option for me, but seeing all the Paralympic positions and shooting types, then it was not as daunting."
Training Regime
"On Mondays and Fridays I go to the range and I will be there from 08:30 to 11:30. Then I'll go to lunch and come back to the gym where I'll be for about an hour. Tuesdays and Thursdays I work out in the morning and have 10 to 20 minutes of cardio normally, and then I shoot in the afternoon from 14:00 to 16:00."
Handedness
Left

General interest

Nicknames
The Footless Fury ["I am missing both legs and my urge to prove people wrong is how I got my fury."] (sportsnspokes.com, 04 May 2021; Facebook profile, 03 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (teamusa.org, 04 Sep 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My biggest thing is teaching people not to set limits on themselves. So many people set limits on themselves and even me, and through shooting and in every facet of my life I've tried to constantly break those limits." (ssusa.org, 13 Jul 2021)
Famous relatives
His wife Kellie Foster has competed in shooting at national level in the United States of America. (sportsnspokes.com, 04 May 2021; usashooting.org, 25 Apr 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (teamusa.org, 04 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis, which describes multiple joint contractures. At age four both of his legs amputated were at the knee after he was asked by his parents if he wanted to have the surgery. "I said yes because it would be my only chance to ever walk in my life. Back then I didn't understand as much. Growing up I didn't like my disability. It was a hard thing to accept. We moved from Texas to Virginia [in 2010], and that was when I got my prosthetics and physical therapy. While I was there, I met a lot of people who were injured in the military. It was a very humbling thing because I've been an amputee since I was four years old, whereas these guys were injured a couple of months before. They are soldiers, strong dudes, and that's a lot easier for me than it is for them. It made me realise that it's not really as bad as it could be. That's when I wanted to start doing something more. So, I started getting into sport." (AMC Support YouTube channel, 22 Jul 2021; gazette.com, 07 Apr 2020; youcaring.com, 05 Jan 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as a tour guide at the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America. (sportsnspokes.com, 04 May 2021; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2021)

FUTURE PLANS
He hopes to become a coach and run his own shooting range. "I want to become a coach and build a range that, if possible, is better than the one here [in Colorado Springs, CO, United States of America]. It's all indoor here. Every competition, beside the one here, is held outdoors. I'd love to have an outdoor range, and an inside range with a wind simulator. I'd like to have a junior Olympic and Paralympic programme alongside that." (nrafamily.org, 12 Mar 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 44
Team R5 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH2 Qualification 2018-05-05 6