Pupil has his sights set on Beijing paralympics success

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Former Sawtry pupil Matthew Skelhon has gained a place in this year's Beijing Paralympics in September.

Former Sawtry pupil Matthew Skelhon has gained a place in this year's Beijing Paralympics in September.Matthew Skelhon, from Stilton, who has been wheelchair-bound for three years following an accident, has never let mishap stand in his way.

In April 2006, he went to the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Games, where he found he enjoyed target rifle shooting, and joined the Disabled Target Shooting Association of Great Britain.

Two months later, he won his first medal – a silver at the national championships.

Since then, Matt has travelled Europe for his sport, bringing home medals and trophies from as far afield as France, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Turkey and Luxembourg, and gained himself a place in the Great Britain team in the Beijing Paralympics.

The 23-year-old is determined to do well at Beijing to justify the confidence of all who have sponsored him.

He said: "I'm really hoping for a medal, and would love to make it to London 2012."