Athlete of the Month: Mike Dickey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (January 7, 2011)

Take notice of Mike Dickey (Trafford, Ala.), a 2008 Paralympian and 2012 Paralympic hopeful well on his way to improving scores and tallying a higher average of center-shots. At the Winter Airgun Championship, Dickey won the High Disabled shooter award all three competition days. Not only did he claim top honors, but Dickey bested the competition by several points each day. Dickey competes in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) event R3, Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone. In the first day of competition, Dickey posted 598 out of 600 points in qualification with 53 out of 60 center-shots. His second day total was 595 out of 600 points, and he once again shot for 598 out of 600 points at the final day of competition. Moreover, in his last showing of the event, he marked 56 out of 60 center-shots—a statistic that makes him very competitive on the world-wide Paralympic shooting scene. National Paralympic Coach Bob Foth said, “Michael’s 598 was a terrific score and showed marked improvement. He was focused and deliberate in his execution and fired an outstanding 56 out of 60 centers. This score puts him on track to compete for medals at IPC World Cups in 2011.” USA Shooting would like to congratulate Mike Dickey on a terrific match and wish him luck for the IPC World Cup season.