Issy Bailey acquired a spinal injury in 2013, aged 19, following a car accident. During rehabilitation at Stoke Mandeville, Issy was introduced to shooting and was quickly picked up by the Paralympic shooting talent programme to shoot 10m air pistol. In 2014, she represented Great Britain for the first time and was selected for the World Class Programme in 2015. In 2016, she represented Paralympics GB at the Games in Rio, a few weeks after graduating from university.
She has since gone on to her second Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2021, competing in 10m air pistol and 25m sport pistol, and continues to represent GB on the World Shooting Parasport circuit. She also completed her Master's Degree in 2021 and hopes to go on to study for a PhD in the near future. Outside the shooting range, Issy is an avid traveller, visiting places few wheelchair users have been before, such as some of the South Pacific's smallest islands. She's delighted to be a patron for INSPIRE and hopes to encourage all with spinal injuries to pursue what they love most.