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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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crazy - childbirdsTuesday 5th June 2012

 Crack open the bubbly!  We got our 100th follower on Twitter today – and the crowning glory is that it was @ParalympicsGB.  An extra bit of gilt is that the 99th was @ParasportUK. 

Another great piece of news is that Paralympics GB has chosen this highly patriotic Diamond Jubilee week to feature target shooting in its review of the Paralympic sports.  They are tweeting all sorts of information about the sport, and QI-type historical bits.  Needless to say, I’m re-tweeting as many as possible! 

One slight downside to this featuring is that they are tagging all these tweets “#shooting”.  I had a look at that tag, and what came up isn't at all the sort of stuff that either target shooters or the Paralympics would care to be associated with.  I’m hoping to persuade them to use the tag “#targetshooting” instead. 

Our list of followers is an intriguing mix, and covers a large part of the globe.  I’m delighted that the International Paralympic Committee is there, and Paralympic India joined up early on.  There are sport admin bodies, medical and scientific people, equipment manufacturers, people running shooting facilities, some media people, and all sorts of disability related projects, as well as actual shooters of all kinds and several nationalities.   

It’s always interesting to look through our daily tweet-mail, and I’ve made quite a few excellent contacts that way.  Sometimes I find twitterers that it would be great to follow, but they have such a high tweet output that I just don’t have time to go through them all to find the bits that might be helpful to us.  For instance, we had a lovely contact from @LadiesShooting who are following us, and they do such a lot of “good works” that we ought to reciprocate, but they’re averaging 30 tweets a day and I can’t keep up! 

Setting up the DSP on Twitter and Facebook was one of the first things I did after getting ‘in post’ six months ago.  People are still asking me whether it’s worthwhile; as you can see the answer is definitely “yes”.  It’s much the best way to get an important message out quickly to a lot of people, and I can link them directly to the relevant page on our website. 

There is just one thing: it does require plenty of self-discipline – sometimes there are comments Liz Woodall would like to make that it would not be appropriate for the DSP to say!

Now, how quickly can we get to 500?

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