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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Monday 14th May 2012

One of the joys of working on a project like this is that you never know what lies ahead.  Obviously we have an overall plan, and much of what I do is scheduled well in advance, but new ideas and initiatives crop up from time to time, and the beauty of this sort of set-up is that we can take them on board without having to go through an interminable rigmarole of seeking approval from committees. 

The latest interesting and unexpected new direction is facilitating research. 

It began in March 2012, when visually impaired shooter Michael Whapples was looking for a suitable topic on problem-solving for his post graduate course.  It was great news when he decided to work on how clubs could be helped to become more disabled friendly, and we were happy to put on this website an invitation to people to take part in Michael’s survey.  In due course he let us have the results of the exercise, which have been most useful.  Amongst other things they have flagged up some common perceptions of what “disabled friendly” means, so that we can work out how best to get across some of our key messages. 

Now we are helping shooting coach Zoe Franklin to harvest data for her research into back pain amongst shooters.  This is obviously a very significant topic for all shooters, whether disabled/less-able or not.  Zoe has kindly agreed to let us have an article about her finding once the study is completed. 

All this has got me thinking about how we could develop this new field of activity, because it’s one of those great areas where everyone benefits.  It helps the researchers’ studies whilst important new knowledge is made available to shooters and coaches, which may well contribute to future success. 

I’ve set up a “Project News” section on this website, so that information about these topics can be kept together and not lost amongst the match results, etc.  It would be great to hear from anyone else who has been doing relevant research, and would like to provide information to add to the site.  Also, if anyone is looking for a research topic, or has young relatives who are casting around for something “off the beaten track” to study, we could suggest quite a range of things.  The sport offers so many different subjects to explore; biomechanics, psychology, nutrition, vision, physiology, equipment engineering, biochemistry, textiles, facilities design - to name but a few. 

I wonder what the next new initiative will be. 

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