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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Monday 30th April 2012

On Wednesday the recently-appointed West Midlands Regional Development Manager, Trevor Haynes, is having an introductory meeting for interested parties at Aldersley.  Trevor’s remit for the region is to improve communication, support and develop coaching, work on the benchmarking of clubs, and assist minority group projects.  Most of that obviously chimes very closely with the DSP’s objectives.  Anyway, he’s kindly given me a slot to talk about the DSP, and it’s always helpful to have a captive audience! 

After that I’ll be off to Bisley to do final preparations for the NRA’s Open Day.  This is going to be our first really big event of the Disabled Shooting Year, so we need to make an impact.  The NRA has agreed to us having a stand in a prime position, so we’ll want to make the most of it, especially on promoting the September Open Day, which will focus on disabled shooting.  A DSY banner is on order, the gazebo has been repaired, and I’ve got so many lists that I need another list to keep track of them.  Needless to say, I’m also haunting Accuweather and Metcheck. 

Sunday will find me at Aldersley once again, this time for the National Dwarf Games, for which publicity material on the DSP’s work has been requested. 

What all this means is that it’s got to crunch time on the infopacks about the project, which I’ve been trying to get organized since the end of January.  Now I’ve got two days to design and print posters, revise and print leaflets, up-date our existing introductory PowerPoint presentation and copy it onto CDs with a selection of photos, prepare and print an information sheet and contact list, and find a suitable supply of folders to put them in. 

At least it means that come next week I’ll have all that material ready to distribute to a whole raft of organisations to raise awareness of the Disabled Shooting Year.  Hopefully that will shift everything up a gear or two!

Meanwhile, where are my wellies?

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