At 19 he is one of the youngest shooters at the European Para Championships, but Hungarian athlete Csaba Rescsik already has plenty of experience (and medals) to his name. In March last year he won the bronze medal at the European 10m Championships in Hamar, Norway, and later in the year obtained a qualification slot for Hungary at the next Paralympic Games in Paris.
In Rotterdam, after qualifying in third position for the final, he was a bit disappointed with his result, finishing in 8th of the R1 – Men’s 10m Air Rifle Standing SH1. “I was in a good mood and could have reached a better position, but that is the sport, a lot of ups and downs.”
Csaba started Shooting Para Sport in 2015 in his hometown Zsombó, a small village in the south of Hungary and fell in love with the sport after his first training. He also tried skiing and kayaking but now keeps them as hobbies and is fully focused on Sport Para Shooting.
After having obtained the qualification spot by finishing second at the 2022 World Cup in Chateauroux, France (the Paralympic venue for next year), he hopes to represent his country at his first Paralympic Games. “I am very eager and curious to go to Paris. I aim to get better and better and hope to get into the final and maybe win a medal.”
Until then it will be a busy year as Csaba will first be travelling to Lima, Peru for the World Championships in September. The young athlete who graduated from high school in May will then start a degree in Computer Science at the University of Szeged, near his hometown.
About the European Para Championships Csaba says: “It is great to be here and I really enjoy seeing all the other sports and athletes. I hope these championships can happen every 4 years. It is a good opportunity for spectators to see all the sports the para athletes can compete in.” With the competition over for him, Csaba will now have time to go and watch other sports and also explore the city of Rotterdam.