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
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.
One of the really great things about target shooting as a sport is that for many competitions disabled and less-able participants compete against the fully able; they are not restricted only to competing against other disabled people. This degree of integration is pretty well unique amongst mainstream sports.
Even so, there are some disciplines that are not accessible to some or all disabled participants. The reasons for this state of affairs are many and various, and some are easier to address than others. It might be that the technical requirements of the discipline are such that to amend them to accommodate disabilities would destroy the whole nature of the event for everyone. On the other hand, it might simply be that no-one with a particular type of disability has expressed an interest in a discipline, so it had never occurred to anyone to introduce some simple adjustments that would make it accessible. Whatever the reason, the DSP is encouraging the opening up of as many disciplines as possible to people with disabilities.
In the meantime, we can give details of competition opportunities that we are aware of. The information in this section covers domestic events up to Home Country International level. Information on full international matches can be found under International Events.
Readers of this who know of competitions that could be included here are welcome to pass the information on to us to be added to the relevant list.
Many of the open and championship meetings mentioned in this section appear in the Diary, with contacts, and location information. Otherwise details can be obtained via the relevant governing bodies' websites.