PARALYMPIC CALL-UP: Stilton shooter is off to Rio

Matt Skelhon with his 2013 Peterborough Telegraph Sportsman of the Year award.

Matt Skelhon with his 2013 Peterborough Telegraph Sportsman of the Year award.

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Stilton-based shooter Matt Skelhon has been selected to compete for Great Britain at the Paralympics in Rio later this year.

Skelhon heads to his third Games as the most decorated athlete on the team, having won gold on his debut at Beijing 2008 and adding a silver and bronze medal to the ParalympicsGB tally at London 2012.

Matt Skelhon in action.

Matt Skelhon in action.

He’s been in great form since London, culminating in a world record.

Skelhon said: “Representing your country at a Paralympic Games is such an honour and I’m absolutely delighted to be selected to the team for Rio. It makes all of the hours of training so worthwhile. The level of competition is rising and it can all come down to one shot, so I’ll need to be on top of my game in September.

“I’ll be urging the public to support me and help Supercharge ParalympicsGB. It means so much to have the public really rooting for us. It makes a difference.

Shooting team leader Pasan Kularatne said: “Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of hard work from these athletes, and I’m very proud of their contribution to this sport. We have enjoyed great success this cycle, with countless World Cup medals, but the highlight must be a world title for Matt Skelhon with a world record score.”