Quick facts

Birthdate

June 26, 1973

Birthplace

Port Coquitlam, BC

Residence

Port Coquitlam, BC

Sport

Shooting Para Sport

Classification

SH2

Experience

Rio 2016

Santiago 2023

Tokyo 2020

Three-time Paralympian Doug Blessin started his Para sport career in wheelchair rugby after he was injured in a car accident in December 1995. With the birth of his kids, life got busy, and Blessin temporarily retired from sport. When time permitted a return to competitive sports at age 37, he tried Shooting Para sport.

He then qualified for the London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games with his best result a sixth-place finish in Rio.

Blessin is inspired by his teammate Chris Trifonidis, a six-time Paralympian who has unselfishly shared his wealth of shooting knowledge with him. Blessin is a family man who helps coach his twin sons’ (Jakob and Spencer) lacrosse team.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2012, 2016, 2020 Paralympic Games…

PERSONAL

Graduated in digital media productions from B.C. Institute of Technology…recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal… Enjoys fly fishing…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2021 Paralympic Games SH2 10m air rifle standing 28th

2021 Paralympic Games SH2 50m air rifle prone 28th

2021 Paralympic Games SH2 10m air rifle prone 33rd

2019 World Championships SH2 50m rifle prone 51st

2019 World Championships SH2 10m rifle prone 36th

2019 World Championships SH2 10m rifle standing 40th 

2016 Paralympic Games SH2 air rifle prone 6th

2016 Paralympic Games SH2 air rifle standing 25th

2015 World Cup SH2 air rifle standing 15th

2014 World Championships SH2 air rifle prone 19th

2014 World Championships SH2 air rifle standing 27th

2012 Paralympic Games SH2 air rifle standing 24th

2012 Paralympic Games SH2 air rifle prone 25th

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