Greg Reid is among the five athletes to have been named on New Zealand's team for the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Sydney ©Getty Images

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has announced the selection of the country's team to compete at the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships, which are scheduled to take place in Sydney from October 11 to 18.

The team of five athletes is headlined by four-time Paralympian Michael Johnson – a winner of a gold and two bronze medals across the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Paralympic Games – and Greg Reid, who placed seventh in the R3 mixed 10 metres air rifle prone SH1 event on his Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016.

World Championship debutants Neelam O'Neill, Natalie Brunzel and Anthony Brogden will also have the opportunity to go up against some of the world's best.

Johnson has been involved in shooting Para-sport for nearly 20 years and PNZ claims his competitive nature drives him to not only succeed as an athlete but also as a coach, developing the next generation of Paralympians.

He won the R4 mixed 10m air rifle standing SH2 silver medal at last year's edition of the World Championships in Cheongju in South Korea and he will be looking to go one better in Sydney by winning a world title, as he did at the 2006 and 2010 World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Sargans and Zagreb respectively.

"The naming of this team to represent New Zealand provides a great opportunity for us all to learn and perform with the best Paralympians and Para-athletes in the world," Johnson said.

"I am excited to see what everyone is able to bring to our campaign, but more importantly what we can learn collectively from the World Championships to help the team grow as we keep working hard towards the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games."

Reid, meanwhile, will return to the world stage looking to top his career highlights to date that include a bronze medal-winning performance at the 2009 Oceania Championships and making the finals at the 2010 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

O'Neill has her sights firmly set on Tokyo 2020 and is inspired by the only female shooter to have represented New Zealand at the Paralympics, Allison Smith, who won a bronze medal at Los Angeles 1984 in the women's air rifle discipline.

The Parafed Auckland Shooting Club member is coached by Johnson and contributes much of her success to date to his precision and drive.

She was unable to compete at the 2018 World Championships due to surgery.

Four-time Paralympian Michael Johnson, who has been involved in shooting Para-sport for nearly 20 years, has also earned his place on the team ©Getty Images
Four-time Paralympian Michael Johnson, who has been involved in shooting Para-sport for nearly 20 years, has also earned his place on the team ©Getty Images

Brunzel has been involved in shooting Para-sport for less than two years and made her international debut this year in her first World Cup event in the United Arab Emirates.

Her incredible rise through the sport accelerated last October when she made the decision to focus on representing New Zealand and she will be aiming to gain Tokyo 2020 slots for her country in Sydney.

As for Brogden, he has been involved with disabled shooting for many years, attending international Para-trap competitions from 2011 and gaining three golds and one silver from then through to 2017.

He is a two-time member of the New Zealand open clay target shooting team.

Brogden will compete in the PT1 trap mixed seated SG-S event in Sydney.

This year's World Championships is the first time that all three shooting Para-sport disciplines have been on the competition schedule, including rifle, pistol and Para-trap.

"We are thrilled to see Neelam and Natalie as part of this team – it is great to have two females coming through the sport," Malcolm Humm, PNZ's high performance director, said.

"Anthony is relatively new to the sport and in fact, Para-trap shooting has only been an official Para-sport since May 2017."

He added: "This is a critical event as we aim to secure athlete slots for New Zealand at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and the shooting Para-sport athletes continue to build on recent performances at international competition."

Sydney was awarded the hosting rights for the 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships in May 2018.

Action will take place at the Sydney International Shooting Centre.