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  • michaelwhapples1Michael 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. 

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  • vicmorris1Vic 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. 
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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • stewartnangle1Stewart 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. 
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Please join in !

The Disabled Shooting Year’s success will be greatly increased if clubs, shooting grounds, disability organisations, etc. contribute something to it and make the whole year a truly co-operative effort.

The aim is to have events and activities in all parts of the country during the twelve months, and we hope that lots of people and clubs involved in any aspect of disabled shooting will join in. This is an unrivalled opportunity for the launch of initiatives at local level; they will both benefit from and complement what we are doing, and we’ll be happy to publicise and promote them in this section of our site, as well as reporting on them as news items after they have happened.    

Information about DSY events, projects, news, etc. will be published on the internet, in the target shooting press, and via e-bulletins directly to those who request them. In addition, we’ll be keeping the mainstream media informed, and hope that they will catch on and take a proper interest.

Everyone can help this amazingly worthwhile cause in some way. If your club has been thinking about becoming (more) disabled-friendly, then this is a great time to get on with it; we can provide information, letters of support for grants, etc. If you have contacts in a local disability organisation now is the time to offer a guest day for their members.

If you aren’t in a position to organise an event, please just spread the word as far as you can!

To get your event featured here

Please send the information to the DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall. Accompanying digital images (photos, logos, etc.) are always welcome (.jpg format preferred). Entry/booking forms, etc. in .pdf format can also be accepted.

To use the DSY logo

If you would like to use the torch logo for the Disabled Shooting Year on your website, printed information about events, or in displays, etc., we will be happy to provide a suitable electronic copy of it.  Please contact Liz Woodall as above.   

Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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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.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

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.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

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.
More information

Disability Awareness

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.