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people a chance shot By Amy Park G len McMurtrie is a para- athlete with real fire, gunfire that is. Glen is a member of the Australian Olympic Target Shooting team, recently placing ninth at a World Cup event, despite only starting in the sport a few years ago. Glen is paralysed from the chest down, and is a wheelchair user. For Glen, there was no talent catch, or development pathway that led him to how far I’ve come in such a short shooting, it was simply a meeting by amount of time.” target friendly match in Szczecin, chance. Poland. Even though it was a friendly active in a number of other areas. match, the competition was still fierce Isa for a charity bike ride in August “Every August I compete in a and I was shooting against some of 2014,” Glen said. charity bike ride in Mt Isa, called the the best para-athletes in the world.” ‘Border Challenge’,” Glen said. Dalby for an accessible room, only to competing, Glen teaches Process find out they had given it to someone mining town of Mt Isa, to the Instrumentation and Control at TAFE else. I went over to the room and Northern Territory border which is Queensland and somehow puts aside knocked on the door and it was then approximately 200km away. It’s a some time for a social life. that I met former Paralympic target- gruelling day of riding but also a fun shooter, Ashley Adams. event where the whole community family and friends, and I do make “I was on the road to Mount “I’d made a booking at a hotel in “It involves cycling from the When he isn’t overseas “I enjoy spending time with comes together for a good cause. that a priority as they have always his sport and we spent hours talking been there for me. I’d like to remind about how he had just returned from beneficiary of this charity and $7,800 people that life after an injury doesn’t competing in Germany. was raised to allow me to purchase a have to be a negative experience. ‘Ashely was very passionate about “In 2010 I was actually the hand cycle so I could compete in the more about the sport through local challenge.” in a country where there are endless competitions in Brisbane, and here opportunities available, so when one we are.” sport, with Glen finding time to fit “Ashley offered to show me Cycling isn’t his only additional “We are fortunate enough to live presents itself, reach out and grab it. water-skiing, marathon run