Vic 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.
Stewart 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.
Michael 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.Read More
So far we’ve identified over 150 local, county, regional and national sports awards schemes in England alone - and we're still adding to the list! The majority are run by local authorities, but the media, charities, banks, educational bodies, and disability organisations also get in on the act.
On a rough calculation, that’s a total of around 2,000 individual winners - plus runners-up, teams, clubs, etc. As far as we can tell, eight target shooters (four of them disabled) won awards in 2011.
Some of the big sports have latched on to the fact that these awards bring a great deal of excellent – and free – publicity. Football, swimming, cycling, cricket, rowing, sailing and rugby keep featuring in the winners’ lists, and ithey probably organise their supporters all over the country to make nominations. We don’t see why target shooting shouldn’t do the same, and get the benefit of all that positive media coverage!
As in any truly amateur sport, there are an incredible number of people who do a huge amount for target shooting, and they can justly be described as unsung heroes. Long-serving secretaries of affiliated clubs and organisations might receive the NSRA’s Distinguished Service Award, and those who have put in many years of voluntary work can be nominated for the Association’s Special Service Awards. These were the only awards available in any of the mainstream shooting NGBs until the CPSA launched their inaugural awards scheme for 2012.
If you know a person or club who deserves an award, please check out the list of awards that we’ve compiled and make that nomination. If loads of people do it then not only will many more shooters, coaches, officials, etc. get the recognition they deserve, but the whole profile of target shooting will be greatly enhanced, so everyone will benefit.
Many of these schemes include awards for those with disabilities, and obviously we’re particularly keen that disabled shooters and disabled-friendly clubs should be put forward for those. On the other hand, if the awards in your area don’t include any disability sport categories, perhaps you could try to get them to be added.
Obviously we’d like very much to have news of any disability sports awards won by shooters or shooting organisations, so if you hear of any, please get in touch.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.
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.
Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting? Check out the extensive Funding section on this site.
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.
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.