Shooting Para Sport
Port Coquitlam, BC
Two-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 both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 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.
2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games…
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
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil