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
The Information Exchange is a very useful system that developed early on in the life of the Disabled Shooting Project.
Phase 1 happened because we realised that Person A in one part of the country would be trying to work out how to shoot a particular discipline with a particular disability, when there was probably Person B elsewhere in the country who had a similar disability and had already solved many of the problems facing Person A. By locating Person B and putting him or her in touch with Person A, we could provide the latter with access to valuable experience, knowledge and encouragement, which greatly improved the chances of them staying in the sport. With today’s communications it doesn’t matter how far apart the two people are; the longest distance link-up we have managed to date is to the Falkland Islands!
Phase 2 occurred when people started passing on to us the solutions that they had found to certain problems, which they thought might be useful to others in similar situations. By setting up specific interest groups within the project’s e-communications hub, we could pass on those bits of information only to the people who might find it useful .
At the moment, the system works like this. The individual shooters, coaches and clubs that contact the DSP are logged in our communications hub, and allocated to relevant specific interest groups; for example, wheelchair users, benchrest, blind/VI, crossbow, etc. When we receive an enquiry from someone who would obviously be helped by a link to another person in a similar position, we send out a short message to the relevant group asking if anyone can help, and then put the respondent(s) in touch with the enquirer. When someone sends in a useful bit of information, we simply pass it on to all the people in the relevant special interest group.
As part of our future website development, we are hoping to expand the Information Exchange concept. Hopefully we can set up a system of listing the problems for which people need solutions, and also the solutions that have already been found to other problems, so that visitors to the site can look up either list, and either find or offer help.
Until we get this further development up and running, please continue with the existing system, and contact the Co-ordinator if you wish to make use of the Information Exchange.
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.