Ten medals and three Paralympic quota places at IPC Shooting World Cup

Great Britain’s Disability Shooting Squad is celebrating medal-winning performances at the IPC Shooting World Cup held in Osijek, Croatia between the 7th and 14th July. This event was the first 2015 Paralympic Qualifier and attracted 230 of the World’s leading athletes from 48 nations.

The squad returned to Great Britain with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals and the team won three more quota places to add to the three already in hand for the Paralympic Games to be held in Rio next year.

The Team of 11 shooters fought off stiff competition from Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Serbia and France to finish second in the overall medal table behind China.



JAMES BEVIS (Paralympic Bronze medallist- 2012)

R5 10m Air rifle prone SH2 event
QUALIFYING ROUND – scored 636.3 to progress to the Finals in 2nd place
FINAL - GOLD MEDAL won with a superb performance, scoring 212.4. Serbia’s Dragan Ristic took the Silver and Ukraine’s Vasyl Kovalchuk took the Bronze.

R9 50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH2
GOLD MEDAL won with a score of 622.4. Russia’s Nikolai Krygin took Silver (615.5) and Serbia’s Dragan Ristic took Bronze (614.9).

MATT SKELHON (50m prone current World Record Holder, Paralympic medallists Gold- 2008, Silver & Bronze - 2012)

R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - An excellent score of 634.4 to progress to the Final in 1st place
FINAL - SILVER MEDAL. France’s Christophe Tanche took Gold and Australia’s Anton Lee Zappelli took Bronze

R6 50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 617.2 to progress to the Final in 2nd place behind Germany’s Natascha Hiltrop (621.5), but ahead of Israel’s Doron Shaziri (617)

FINAL - BRONZE MEDAL. Russia’s Andri Doroshenko took Gold and Spain’s Juan Saavedra Reinaldo took Silver.

Lorraine Lambert

R8 50m 3 positions Women SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 554 to progress to the Final in 8th place
FINAL - BRONZE MEDAL. China’s Cuiping Zhang taking the Gold and Australia’s Natalie Smith taking the Silver.


R2 10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1
SILVER MEDAL – Karen Butler, Lorraine Lambert and Deanna Coates

R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1
SILVER MEDAL – Matt Skelhon, Lorraine Lambert and Ben Jesson. France took GOLD and Australia took BRONZE

R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2
BRONZE MEDAL – Ryan Cockbill, Tim Jeffery and James Bevis. Australia took GOLD and Ukraine took SILVER

R5 10m Air rifle prone SH2
GOLD MEDAL - James Bevis, Ryan Cockbill and Tim Jeffrey. Ukraine took SILVER and Serbia took BRONZE

R6 50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1
SILVER MEDAL – Matt Skelhon, Karen Butler and Ben Jesson. UAE took GOLD and China took BRONZE


RYAN COCKBILL - (2012 Paralympian)
R5 10m Air Rifle prone SH2
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 633.8 to progress to the Final in 5th place
FINAL – 5th place achieving 1 x Paralympic Quota Place.

BEN JESSON (2012 Paralympian)
R6 50m Rifle Prone SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 611.8 to finish 9th achieving 1 x Paralympic Quota Place

R6 50m Rifle Prone SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 603.4 to finish 18th achieving 1 x Paralympic Quota Place


R2 10m Air Rifle Women SH1
KAREN BUTLER – qualified for Final in 7th place with score of 403.5, achieved 8th place in Final
LORRAINE LAMBERT – 12th with score of 399.7
DEANNA COATES – 15th with score of 396.5

R3 10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1
OWEN BURKE – 21st with a score of 627.6
LORRAINE LAMBERT – 27th with a score of 626.6
BEN JESSON – 36th with a score of 624.6

R4 10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2
RYAN COCKBILL – 22nd with score of 623
TIM JEFFERY – 23rd with score of 622.7
JAMES BEVIS – 29th with score of 621

R5 10m Air Rifle prone SH2
TIM JEFFREY - 17th with a score of 630.1.

R6 50m Rifle Prone SH1
KAREN BUTLER - 23rd with a score of 607.8

R8 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women SH1
KAREN BUTLER – 9th with a score of 546.


P1 10m Air Pistol Men SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 570 to progress to the Final in 3rd place
FINAL – achieved 8th place

P2 10m Air Pistol Women SH1
QUALIFYING ROUND - scored 363 to finish in 11th place.

P3 25m Pistol
QUALIFYING ROUND – scored 546 to finished in 20th place

P4 50m Pistol
QUALIFYING ROUND – scored 519 to finish in 18th place.

Col B Pasan Kularatne, Disability Shooting’s Performance Director and Head Coach says:

“I am very pleased with overall performance of the Great Britain Team, especially those of James Bevis, Matt Skelhon and Lorraine Lambert who both won individual medals. It was also great to win three quota places for the Paralympic Games next year on the last day of the competition through Benjamin Jesson, Lorraine Lambert and Ryan Cockbill.

We had already won three quota places at the World Championships last year so now we have six places for Rio, which is half of the maximum twelve quota places a nation can win. There are two more Paralympic Qualifier World Cups later this year in Australia and  USA that will give us the opportunity to win further places for the Rio Games next year.

Conditions during this World Cup were very challenging.  On some days the weather was extreme with temperatures reaching 38 C, there were accessibility problems with the transport that created difficulties for the athletes in wheelchairs and the 10m and 50m ranges were in different locations. However, despite all these challenges, all athletes and staff were very focused on what we came here to do and in the end we achieved our goals.”

James Marsh Brown, the CEO of the National Governing Body comments:

"On behalf of the National Governing Body, I would like to congratulate all members of the Team for this great result. Achieving such results on the World Stage is a constant battle but with the dedication and determination shown by all the members of this team, both athletes and support staff, it is possible for Great Britain shooters to hold their own on the World Stage.

Coming second in the medal table when so many of the World’s leading athletes are present makes the achievement all the more impressive. We would not be able to achieve these results without the support we receive from UK Sport and the National Lottery.

As we go forward to 2016 and the Paralympic Games, our preparations are well in hand. We have two more World Cup events at which we can achieve further quota places and I and my Board are confident that the Team under the guidance of Col B Pasan Kularatne will achieve our goal of securing the maximum number of quota places to allow us to show the World the full potential of the Great Britain Disability Shooting Team."


The Great Britain Disability Shooting Team

Matt Skelhon (R), James Bevis (R) , Deanna Coates(R) , Karen Butler(R), Owen Burke(R), Lorraine Lambert(R), Benjamin Jesson(R), Tim Jeffery(R), Ryan Cockbill(R), Stewart Nangle(P) and Issy Bailey(P).

The Disability Shooting Support Team

Performance Director, Head Coach & Team Leader
Col B  Pasan Kularatne MSc psc (ret.)

Deputy Team Leader and Rifle Coach
Lee Riley

Rifle Coach
Mike Babb

Pistol Coach
Vladimir Filimonov

Paul Hughes

Joanne Hipkiss.

Athlete Support Staff & carers
Andrew Cockbill
Roberta Ballestriero
Steven Copestick
Alison Walmsley