When McKenna Geer was 5 years old, she started attending Camp Access, a camp for kids with disabilities that introduced the kids to the outdoors, and that anything was possible for them. At 12 years old, she had the opportunity to shoot as a camp activity where the director, Ernie Butler, took notice and invited her to shoot an NRA sectional match later that spring. Her parents and grandparents were extremely supportive, and she competed in her first NRA National competition shortly after. McKenna’s scores from NRA Junior Nationals put her on the radar of the Paralympic National Coach at the time, and just a year and a half after that shooting activity at Camp Access, she was invited to her first Paralympic Camp at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center.
A week after graduating high school, McKenna became a full-time resident athlete at the OPTC. In 2016, she won a bronze medal in the R5 event at the Rio Paralympic Games, becoming the first U.S. female Paralympic athlete to win a Paralympic medal in the sport of shooting, and the fifth Paralympic medal for USA Shooting overall.
McKenna continues to train at the OPTC and works as an athlete on the guest experience team at the Olympic and Paralympic Museum in downtown Colorado Springs. She’s completed her Bachelors of Business and Master of Business Administration through DeVry University. Tokyo 2020 will be McKenna’s second Paralympic appearance.
She hopes to use shooting to change the lives of other children with disabilities, just as hers was changed by her mentors at Camp Access. McKenna hopes to become a mentor that the next generation of kids can look up to and show them all that life has to offer.
- 2021 Lima World Cup 10th (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) 23rd (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) 13th (R9- 50m Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games 17th (mixed 50-meter rifle prone SH2), 21st (mixed 10-meter air rifle standing SH2), 34th (mixed 10-meter air rifle prone)
- 2019 ParaPan American Games Gold Medalist (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) Silver Medalist (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2019 World Cup Croatia 12th (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) 9th (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) 5th (R9- 50m Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2018 World Cup France 13th (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) 36th (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) 18th (R9- 50m Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2018 National Championships: 6th (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) 4th (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2) Gold Medalist (R9- 50m Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2017 Grand Prix Poland Bronze Medalist (R4- 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2) 20th (R5- 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2)
- 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Bronze, R5 10-meter air rifle prone SH2
- 2016 IPC World Cup Bangkok (Thailand), 5th place (R4)
- 2016 IPC World Cup Szczecin (Poland), 5th Place (R5)
- 2016 IPC World Cup Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), 5th Place (R5)
- 2014 National Championships, Gold Medalist (R5)
- 2013 World Cup Great Britain, 7th place (R4)
- 2013 World Cup Bangkok, Gold Medalist (Falling Target Rifle SH2), 5th place (R4)
- 2013 Pannonia Trophy (Austria), 5-time Gold Medalist (R4 & R5)
- 2013 National Championships, Silver Medalist (R5)
- 2012 Winter Airgun Championships, Top overall women’s para-shooter
- 2011 National Championships, Gold Medalist (R4)