Fourteen Athletes Head to Bangkok for World Shooting Para Sport World Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (November 6, 2017)

The largest USA Shooting team ever sent to a World Shooting Para Sport (WSPS, formerly IPC) Rifle/Pistol World Cup has landed in Bangkok, Thailand and is set to compete in the final World Cup of the WSPS season starting tomorrow.

Seven of these athletes will make their international debuts in Bangkok, with several having already medaled against international competitors at this summer’s USA Shooting National Championship in Fort Benning, Georgia, which also served as a WSPS-sanctioned match with competitors from nine countries participating.

A newcomer to watch that Paralympic National Coach Armando Ayala called “extremely focused and craving more wins” will be Kevin Nguyen (Westminster, California, pictured), who had two breakout performances in Fort Benning by winning silver in R3 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1) and gold in R6 (Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH1).

Some athletes making their first trip overseas who also picked up medals at the match in Fort Benning are pistol competitors Aaron Causey (Riverside, Alabama) and Hope Lewellen (Palos Park, Illinois) who won silvers in P1 (Men’s 10m Air Pistol SH1) and P2 (Women’s 10m Air Pistol SH1) respectively, as well as 19-year old rifle athlete Taylor Farmer (Castalia, Ohio), who won silver in R2 (Women’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1).

2016 Paralympic bronze medalist McKenna Dahl (Arlington, Washington) will once again be one to watch as she builds on her gold medal won in her signature event R5 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) in Fort Benning and her bronze medal in in R4 (Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) at the World Cup in Szczecin, Poland.

Also competing for the United States will be Stetson Bardfield (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Nick Beach (Dresden, Ohio), David Cromwell (Bandera, Texas), Kerry Morris (Grand Prairie, Texas) along with 2016 Paralympians Marco De La Rosa (San Antonio, Texas), Tammy Delano (Rome, New York), Tricia Downing (Denver, Colorado), John Joss (Corsicana, Texas) and Shaun Tichenor (Brainerd, Minnesota).

This trip will mark the second time USA Shooting Paralympic shooters have gone overseas this year to compete and earn Minimum Qualifying Scores (MQS) to qualify for next year’s WSPS World Championship in Cheongju, South Korea in May. The World Championship marks the first opportunity for athletes to earn quotas for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. U.S. athletes have thus far earned nine MQSs.

The WSPS World Cup starts tomorrow and runs through Saturday with more than 120 shooters from 17 countries expected to compete in over 14 medal events.  A complete schedule of events:
Schedule+Bangkok+2017+WSPS+World+Cup.xlsx.  Results from this World Cup can be found here:

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