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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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!

How it happened

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.

Who does what

The day-to-day running of the DSP is in the hands of Liz Woodall, who works closely with members of the Working Group:

  • Dave Froggett, National Development Manager for British Shooting, and Coaching and Development Manager for the NSRA
  • Charlie Blow, member of the NSRA's Board of Management
  • John Lloyd, member of the NSRA's Board of Management
  • Olaf Jones, Disability Representative for the NRA
  • Bob Kibblewhite, CPSA representative
  • Keith Morriss, ISSF Coach

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. 

What we do

The DSP's principal activities are:

  • Being a contact point for people with disabilities (or their representatives) who are interested in target shooting, advising them on suitable disciplines, helping them to find clubs, coaches and mentors, and generally facilitating their entry into the sport. You can contact us here.
  • Acting as an information exchange for anyone involved or interested in disabled target shooting, covering information on disciplines, competitions, funding, facilities, equipment, shooting technique, training, etc.
  • Encouraging clubs, shooting grounds and other facilities to cater for people with disabilities, including advising on sources of funding for building, equipment and training. 
  • Advising on the drafting of rules and regulations relating to disabled shooting.
  • Publicising disabled shooting via the internet, magazines, bulletins, leaflets, presentations, etc., and making this material available to others to use.
  • Liaising with organisations that support people with disabilities to promote target shooting as an option for their members.
  • Organising and participating in events to publicise, promote and facilitate the work of the project, especially the Disabled Shooting Year. 

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.