Peter Michael Worsley
Paralympic Rifle Shooting
Peter Michael Worsley was born at Jerilderie on 9 January 1968 and spent his early days on the family farm at Inverell where he developed a love of shooting. Peter's primary school days were at Inverell and he attended Farrer High School at Tamworth. It was while Peter was attending Wagga Wagga Agricultural College that he met with an accident that was to totally change his life at the age of 19.
Playing hooker for the Agricultural College in a Rugby match, a scrum collapse saw Peter with a broken neck and a long rehabilitation ahead at Prince Henry Hospital. It was during his rehabilitation that Peter met Alan Chadwick, a prominent rifle shooter, and his discussions with Peter influenced him to try the sport.
Peter took up a voluntary position for five months with NSW Agriculture and in 1992 moved to Orange. After completing his Honours Degree in Agriculture, he obtained a position in Tamworth, and in 1993 he married Michelle, who became his greatest asset in both his personal life and his future in shooting. Peter and Michelle moved back to Orange in 1994 and in the same year he took part in his first competition shoot at the National Disabled Championships in Melbourne, coming home with three Australian records.
From the Nationals, Peter was selected to represent Australia in the FESPIC Games in Beijing. This was his first taste of overseas competition and he responded by taking out the Gold Medal in the Prone section. The European Championships in Finland followed in 1995, where he was placed fourth in Prone. From this he won selection for the Paralympics in Atlanta in1996.
At the Atlanta Games, Peter was placed seventeenth overall. The World Championships followed in Spain in 1997 where Peter again was placed seventeenth overall. At the Oceania titles in Sydney, Peter turned in a creditable fourth overall. Needing a score of 585 for Prone and 580 for Standing to qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Peter shot 596 and 585 out of 600.
At the Swiss Open in May 2000 Peter was placed first and set a new Australian record for Standing over 10 metres. He currently holds three Australian records in Standing, Prone and 3 x 40 and is rated fourth in the world in his class. He will always retain the 3 x 40 record, at the Atlanta Games was the last time it was competed.
Peter's best scores are 598/600 for Standing, and 1,177 for the 3 x 40. Peter's wife Michelle acts as his driver, coach, trainer and critic in his travels to various competitions. Peter and Michelle are both employed by NSW Agriculture at Orange.
Peter also represented Australia in his third Paralympics when he was selected for the Athens Games in 2004.