Marcus Renzi

Marcus RenziWould-be paralympian Marcus Renzi has set his sights on competing in the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 thanks to the financial assistance he has received from the Gloucestershire Disability Fund.

The 30-year-old athlete was inspired to take up his teenage hobby of shooting after watching the London Paralympics in 2012. But he had one huge barrier to overcome – the financial support to purchase a new air rifle, a Feinwerkbau 800.

Having taken part in the National Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville in 1997, Marcus had already proved he loved sport and had the determination to compete at a high level, so the trustees were keen to support the former National Star College student.

Now thanks to his new air rifle, the father-of-two has improved his shooting accuracy and has been asked to train with the GB talent squad at Stoke Mandeville.

Marcus, who hopes to compete in the 10-metre SH2 air rifle event, is quick to acknowledge the support of the Gloucestershire Disability Fund.

“I have not got enough words to describe how thankful I am to the Gloucestershire Disability Fund. My new air rifle has helped me to make huge improvements as an athlete and enabled me to get selected to train with the GB squad,”

said Marcus, who has refused to let becoming partially paralysed after suffering a stroke at 11 years old stand in the way of his sporting drive and ambition.