May 15 - London 2012 bronze medallist Michael Johnson is set to lead the five-member Paralympic New Zealand shooting team at the UK World Cup in July at Stoke Mandeville – the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.
The event is due to be held from July 1 to 4 and Johnson represents New Zealand's best medal chance having recently taken two gold medals at the International Shooting Competition Hanover (ISCH) in Germany.
"I am happy with my success in Germany and this is driving me forward with my training," said the 39-year-old from Auckland, a gold medallist at Athens 2004.
"I have high aspirations for the World Cup event and bringing home medals for NZ."
Johnson will be joined by experienced shooters Greg Reid and Grant Philip, who have represented New Zealand in the past.
The team also includes two new faces in the form of Robert Smith and Phillip Skinner.
"This is a great team and one of the largest NZ Shooting teams to be sent internationally," said Paralympics New Zealand high performance director Malcolm Humm.
"This is reflective of the work that has been going on for some time behind the scenes to identify and develop athletes within the sport of shooting.
"The input of our experienced shooters has been invaluable and has shown our newcomers what it takes to succeed in this complex sport where the difference between gold and silver on the international stage is less than one millimetre."
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