Phil acquired his first taste of Para Shooting in 2012 at the Wounded Warrior Trials in California. The sport ignited Phil’s competitive nature, inspiring him to return to the trials for two consecutive years. After winning Silver and Bronze he decided to take the sport more seriously and turned Pro in 2015. After a year of intensive training Phil went on to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games representing Team Ireland. He competed in the 10m Air Rifle event, in Prone (R5).
In the five years since Rio, Phil has represented Team Ireland at various Championships around the world. In 2019, at the World Championships in Sydney, Phil created history winning Ireland’s first ever World Championship medal in Para Shooting. Winning the Bronze secured his slot for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
2020 was a difficult year for all athletes, particularly in Para Shooting as all competitions are Global and world travel was banned. Shooting clubs were closed due to COVID restrictions and competitions were cancelled. Yet Phil persevered and kept up the training at home by taking part in virtual friendly competitions organised by himself. His dedication and drive have helped to prepare him for the competition ahead.
Phil’s Shooting Schedule | Asaka Shooting Range
- R4 30th August
- R5 1st September
- R9 4th September
We wish Phil the best of luck and look forward to watching him compete on this prestigious world stage.