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.
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.
Our motto is "You CAN Do It", because people with almost any type and degree of disability can take part. We are proud that most areas of our sport are fully inclusive; disabled shooters are not confined to "disabled only" matches - in many disciplines they can compete against fully able shooters at all levels up to national competition.
We also want to help the large number of existing shooters who become "less able" over time. If you can barely see the target, have joint problems that make standing positions painful, or struggle to get up and down when shooting prone, we’d like to help you to continue enjoying your sport for as long as possible.
There is a solution for everyone, so please ask!
The Disabled Shooting Project was conceived in 2006, and originally launched by the National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA). In Autumn 2011 the Project was granted funding from Sport England, and transferred to British Shooting. Its remit has been expanded to cover full-bore, clay target, and other disciplines offered by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA). Read more about the birth of the Disabled Shooting Project.
The day-to-day running of the DSP is in the hands of Liz Woodall, who works closely with members of the Working Group:
A large number of people who have been involved in aspects of the DSP's work over the years are members of the Consultation Group. This represents a valuable pool of expertise on a wide range of topics. Any particularly specialised enquiries or problems are circulated to relevent members of this group for advice and information.
The DSP's principal activities are:
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.