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.
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.
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
Sport England is providing £32m of National Lottery money to fund coaching for 14 to 25 year olds, including those with disabilities – and target shooting is an eligible sport.
The Sportivate scheme will run until March 2015, and is being delivered via the County Sports Partnerships, which can be contacted via county councils or unitary authorities. For more information see the Sport England website.
Target shooting is a sport for which this funding is available, although on one CSP application form we have seen it is an “Other sport”, not separately listed.
The funding covers coaching costs for an introductory period of 6 to 8 weeks, during which the participants can work towards a specific event, or try to meet a personal target. Thereafter “continued support” is available (we haven’t found out what this is). The scheme is directed primarily at young people who are either not taking part in sport at all, or spending very little time doing so. The aim, of course, is to develop their enthusiasm so that they become regular participants.
If your club is interested in making an effort to attract young people into the sport, it is worth contacting your local CSP to discuss applying for Sportivate funding to meet costs, which could include bringing in outside coaches if necessary.
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.