Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident. With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle.
Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle. In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia.Read More
Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol. What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones.
There are many clubs, shooting grounds and other target shooting facilities that are ready, willing and able to cater for shooters with some types of disability. The majority of them will not be candidates for Focus Club status, often for reasons beyond their control. For example, they do not own their premises and the landlord will not co-operate on improving wheelchair access, providing disabled parking, toilets, etc. Or the club is not big enough to have the resources for a good range of equipment, coach training, and so forth.
A great many clubs in this position nevertheless do as much as they can to welcome people with disabilities, and those who are less able. If they cannot cater for wheelchair users, they may have provided benchrest shooting for members who have some mobility, but are unable to shoot prone or standing. They may have acoustic shooting equipment for blind/VI shooters, or some of their members may have learned some British Sign Language to work with those who are deaf. These are examples of the sort of thing that will enable us to issue a certificate confirming that a club will offer a warm welcome to as many disabled or less-able members as it can.
Some of these clubs may eventually be in a position to seek Focus Club status, but in the meantime, their DSP Club designation demonstrates that they are doing their best. Equally importantly, it also means that the club itself knows its efforts are recognised and appreciated.
Certificated clubs may use the DSP Club logo on their stationery, website, publicity material, etc.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.
For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.
Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting? Check out the extensive Funding section on this site.
EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.