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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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During the Paralympic Sport Fest at Surrey Sports Park I finally met the inspirational and passionate Liz Woodall. Her dedication and optimism for spreading the word about the fantastic fun that can be had via disability shooting was infectious!

I agreed that over my journey in my shooting life I would write a small blog for this website, to explain to some extent my passion and curiosity for all things that can be shot or that explode in some way or another.

I was born with a congenital disability called Spina Bifida, and am a full-time wheelchair user. I started shooting after I retired from international level Wheelchair Basketball, and not long after this I underwent brain and spinal surgery that left me wondering what had rocked my world.

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I trained with dedication but narrowly missed out on a place in the London 2012 Paralympic Games in Air Pistol. I realised not long after this that fun was the order of the day, and after many months of hard and strenuous rehabilitation and a steady return to training with my Air Pistol, I decided to branch out into other shooting disciplines.

I had no idea how much was on offer, and am still amazed every day when one of my club members tells me about a piece of history he or she is bringing in for me to look at, experience and shoot.

For my first adventure I was introduced to an Air Pistol. With great respect and trepidation I began learning about the nuances of shooting, and from that point on I was hooked! I have realised in my life that anything is possible; you can always find a way to achieve what you want to do, and that is a principle that I have applied to my shooting.

I will try everything to see what boundaries I can push, what limits I can break and what levels I can achieve, and while doing this I will keep you posted along the way!

 

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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.
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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.