All the Australian Disabled Shooting Team - their achievements are amazing
Winning silver at the Australia Cup
Attending Sydney 2000 Olympics as a spectator
Having only taken up shooting in 2010, Natalie Smith has already proved she has what it takes to triumph on the world stage.
Natalie became a paraplegic at the age of 34 when she was involved in a hiking accident. At an APC Talent Search Day in July 2010, she decided to have a go at shooting and it obviously proved the right choice, with Natalie developing at a fast rate ever since.
Stepping up with London 2012 around the corner, Natalie produced the performance of her career to win gold in the SH1 standing air rifle at the 2011 IPC World Cup meet in Fort Benning, USA. She shot 395 from 400 to qualify for the final before demolishing her competition with an excellent final score of 102.9, breaking the Australian record in the process. The supreme performance sealed Natalie’s position on the national team for the London 2012 Games.
The promising form continued in her next meet in Sydney as Natalie won her second successive World Cup event in a row, taking home gold in the R2 women’s standing air rifle.
As well as shooting, this active Queenslander enjoys horse riding, sky-diving and has a penchant for shoes, boasting a large shoe collection. Natalie is a qualified nurse and has completed both undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the industry.
Natalie plans to compete for a long while yet and is looking forward to travelling all over the world courtesy of her burgeoning shooting career.