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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Tuesday 3rd April 2012

At last I’ve had time to take a look at our launch article in the April issue of Target Shooter on-line magazine (page 67).  It’s come out nicely, so I’m very grateful to the editor Vince Bottomley and his staff.   I see that a lot of the other content of this issue is disabled-friendly, which is great.  Ray Cockayne has contributed a long and highly technical piece on the BeeSting barrel tuner, Andy Dubreuil gets honourable mentions in the write-up on the Portishead ‘Brass Monkey’ shoot, and there’s lots on the disabled-friendly disciplines of F Class and benchrest.  Well worth a read - www.targetshooteronline.com/

Having received a very polite nudge from Michael Whapples, I hastened to add to the Disabled Shooting Year article on our website a transcript of the letter from H.M. the Queen, so that it can be read by blind/VI viewers.  My apologies to them for overlooking this – the learning curve continues! 

I’ve been finding out about REMAP – a fantastic organisation that provides custom-made one-off items of equipment for people with disabilities.   The work is done by retired engineers, which makes the whole set-up even better; I know from my father (who was such a one) that people who have spent all their working lives developing and inventing can’t just stop having ideas when they give up work!  A couple of disabled shooters have mentioned REMAP to me, and I’m now hoping to liaise about help for some of the people who have contacted the DSP.  In the meantime, I see they have been granted a Radio 4 Appeal during the week beginning 15th April, so we’ll publicise that for them, and hope lots of people donate - www.remap.org.uk.    

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