Date of Birth:
30 October 1984
Matt is paralysed from the waist down.
Matt started shooting when he was 12 years old with Matt’s dad in his back garden shooting cans and the smallest things he could hit. Matt was pretty good at shooting, even with an old break barrel air rifle shooting bottle tops at 20 yards with iron sights. After a car accident in 2005 Matt was left paralysed from the waist down and spent a few months in Sheffield spinal unit.
In April 2006 Matt took part in the inter spinal games at stoke Mandeville on the Sheffield team and this is where Matt found out about competitive target shooting. In June 2006 Matt took part in the national championships for target shooting and won a silver medal; this is where the story began.
March 2007 Matt traveled to France for my first international and came 8th shooting a MQS (minimum qualifying score) for the Paralympics, this secured my place on the GB team. I then went on to compete in a few international comps winning a 2 silver medals in early 2008.
May 2008 Matt was selected for the GB Paralympic team to compete in Beijing where Matt went on to win gold in the 10m air rifle prone discipline. Since then Matt has competed in competitions all over the world winning a bronze at world championships in 2010, silver and bronze in the 2012 Paralympics in London, gold at the 2013 European championships, gold and silver at the 2014 world championships along with around 90 medals from World Cup competitions and 4 world records.
In May 2017, Matt won an individual Silver medal at ISCH in Germany. With unpredictable conditions, Matt qualified in third place for R6 and climbed to second in the final. Matt scored 617.7 meaning Matt and his other team mates were able to ensure GB took Team Gold ahead of Slovakia
Matt is the current European, world champion and world record holder in the 50m prone .22 discipline.
Update: Our Matt Skelhon achieved a silver medal after topping qualification at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Croatia.
The former Paralympic champion was 0.1 points behind first place with two shots remaining and Veronika Vadivicova held her nerve to win gold.
Great Britain finished the competition with two individual medals from Skelhon and his teammate, James Bevis, who won gold in the R9 event on Tuesday.
Great job Skelhon! We’re excited to see what’s next!