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Five-time Paralympic shooter passes away in farm tragedy

19 March 2015

Minister for Sport Bill Byrne has expressed his condolences at the passing of Paralympian Ashley Adams.

Mr Byrne said the 59-year-old Paralympic shooter from Blackall was an inspirational athlete with a great passion for his sport, shared equally by the love of his land in central west Queensland, where he honed his skills.

“Mr Adams was associated with the Queensland Academy of Sport since 1996 and represented Australia at the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Paralympic Games,” Mr Byrne said.

“He was an integral part of the Australian Paralympic shooting team and had been preparing for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Executive Director Bennett King said Mr Adams was well respected amongst his peers.

“On behalf of the QAS, our thoughts are with Ashley's family, friends and colleagues at Shooting Australia,” Mr King said.

“Always a leader, Ashley will be missed by his fellow athletes, particularly as he was set to lead the team in Rio next year at the 2016 Paralympic Games after securing one of two quota spots for the Australian Shooting team.”

“We will remember Ashley as a hard worker, high achiever, proud Queenslander and consummate Australian,” Mr King said.

For further information please also consult the Shooting Australia website.

Last updated
19 March 2015