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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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YouTube

Our YouTube channel was set up a while ago, and has been used to gather Playlists of video published by other people that is relevant to the DSP's work.  This is a resource that we will continue to expand as more material becomes available, so if you find anything on YouTube that could useful be added to our channel, pleasesend DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall a link to it.  

Vimeo

Vimeo

We are now delighted to announce that a Vimeo channel has been set up for us by NoneSucheMedia, who are working with us on production of a range of videos about disabled target shooting.  Available now on this channel are:

Read more: DSP On-line Video

sport england

Sport England opened the fifth round of their Inspired Facilities funding in November 2013, and by the closing date in mid-December nine target shooting clubs and grounds had applied.  This is the middle band of their three funding options, and will entertain applications for between £10,000 and £50,000 for the construction, modification or modernisation of sports facilities.  Assurances have been given that there are expected to be at least two more rounds of this funding, but they are only offered once a year.  

Read more: Sport England Inspired Facilities

4th November 2013

The IPC has appointed a team at Queensland University in Australia to carry out an in-depth review of methods used for assessing athletes for classification.  The team is also tasked with making recommendations about a more objective system for measuring athlete's level of disability.  Any new scheme will not be in place for the 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, but might be introduced for the 2010 Games in Tokyo.  

More information on Inside The Games

IBSA ShootingWarm congratulations to leading British blind shooter Michael Whapples on his appointment as Chairman of the Shooting Committee of the International Blind Sports Association.  

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Michael takes up this post at a time when shooting for blind and visually impaired people is developing well in Britain, thanks to the joint efforts of the NSRA and British Blind Sport.  New young blood is coming into the sport, and there is a growing number of ambitious shooters who are looking for opportunities to compete internationally.  We believe that this is an area that Michael is keen to develop and promote.  

The DSP and the NSRA have been working with Michael for some time on the proper codification of rules for domestic blind/VI shooting, and this will clearly be another important part of Michael's work, as it is acknowledged by IBSA and the IPC that the international rules also need to be overhauled.  

We look forward to continuing to work with Michael, and wish him a happy and successful tenure.  

Torch Trophy Trust

Torch Trophy Trust Bursaries

The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that recognises, supports and rewards the tireless work of volunteers in sport and recreation.  The trust's annual round of bursaries provides financial support to individuals or groups wishing to undertake training to help their club, organisation or community.  Application can be made by an individual volunteer (coach, official, etc.) or club wishing to improve knowledge or coaching skills.

The application period in 2013 was open in the Autumn.  

Full details on the Trust's website.

Motorbike

The DSP's Equipment Co-ordinator, Chris Lacey, will be taking part in a sponsored motorcycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats in aid of LimbPower on 7th/8th September.  This is a disability support charity that the DSP hopes to work with.  Details of the event are on Facebook, and anyone who would like to add to Chris's sponsorship pot can do so via JustGiving.  We just hope he comes back in one piece! 

 

Academic

Receiving a request for information about university spors scholarships for target shooting prompted some on-line research.  The results may be of interest to others.  We have not had much time to spend on this, so the list below just gives some examples of what is available.  Anyone doing an on-line search for "university scholarships UK shooting", or looking for "sport scholarships" in Google Images will undoubtedly find more.  

Read more: Shooting Scholarships

Disabled Shooting Gala
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Presentation of Disabled Shooting Awards

 

When: Sunday, 8th September 2013, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Where: Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp, Surrey GU24 0NP 

We are organising this event, our biggest so far, to promote and celebrate disabled participation in target shooting. We hope very much that it will be a great gathering of people interested in all aspects of disabled target shooting, coming together for a happy and memorable day at the historic National Shooting Centre.

Our aim for the day is to celebrate, appreciate, promote – and have fun!

For full details, see our main article

Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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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.  

Helpful Stuff

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.
More information

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.