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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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DSG logo 2013

As announced in the September 2013 issue of Pull! magazine (page 66), The DSG has set up arrangements for Summer training camps and masterclasses for disabled clay target shooters.  They include:

  • Skeet by David Beardsmore
  • DTL by David Ball
  • Sporting/Sportrap + Olympic disciplines by Sarah Daly
  • OT by Martin Barker
  • Masterclass by Phil Coley and Ben Husthwaite of Elite Sporting Academy

Details on the DSG website, or contact Julie Sperling.  

 

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Take a look at our shiny new YouTube channel DisabledShootingGBR.

For the moment we've just assembled playlists of other people's videos that are useful, interesting or entertaining. We'll be adding our own videos shortly, and would welcome contributions from others.

Our aim is to build up this channel for two purposes. Firstly to offer plenty of have-a-look clips to people who might be thinking of taking up target shooting, so that they can see what an incredibly wide range of options there are for disabled shooters. Secondly as a "reference library" to show coaches and shooters how others have solved technical problems.

Read more: DSP on YouTube!

DTSGB 2013

We are delighted that our long-standing working relationship with DTSGB has been put on a formal footing with the recruitment of James Marsh Brown to the DSP's Working Group.  This important development was recognised by holding the August WG meeting at Stoke Mandeville.  

James holds a number of posts in the various parts of DTSGB; a full record of his appointments is on their website.  His knowledge and experience of IPC shooting will undoubtedly be valuable to the DSP.  In return, DTSGB will be hoping to reap the benefits of our work by identifying many more shooters with international potential.  

We hope it will be a long and happy partnership.  

5th August 2013

British competitors achieved excellent results in the first target shooting event at the World Dwarf Games, hosted by the USA at the Michigan State University. The total medal haul from the air pistol matches was 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Arthur Dean - House of LordsParticularly impressive was the performance of Arthur Dean (pictured right), who at 62 is one of the oldest competitors there.  He is President of both the British and International Dwarf Sport Federations. Arthur's score of 162 was the fifth highest across all the classes, and the ages of those ahead of him ranged from 14 to 29!

Read more: World Dwarf Games – 5 GBR Medals

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3 - 10 August at Michigan State University, USA

Regular visitors to this site will know that we have been working with the Dwarf Sports Association UK since 2011, with a view to helping them prepare competitors for these World Games.  Target shooting has been added to the list of sports for the first time, at the request of the American hosts.  Britain is fielding a number of competitors in the Air Pistol and Crossbow events.  We wish the team the best of luck, and hope to be able to publish more information here over the next ten days.  In the meantime, readers may wish to follow progress on the World Dwarf Games and DSAUK websites.

Read more: World Dwarf Games 2013

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We are great believers in saying “thank you” and trying to ensure that those who put a lot of work into making target shooting a great sport are recognised and appreciated. Accordingly, our inaugural awards scheme has been launched, and nominations can be made now.

Award categories include not only disabled shooters, but coaches, volunteers, clubs, shooting grounds, etc. The full list is set out in the Conditions of Entry. The nomination process is simple, and completed forms can be submitted by e-mail, post or fax.

Read more: The Disabled Shooting Awards

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Between the middle of February and the end of March we held six Regional Conferences, which a total of 100 delegates booked to attend, although some did not make it due to the weather!  We were delighted that the delegates represented almost every target shooting discipline, and included coaches, range officers and volunteers as well as club officials and disabled shooters at all ability levels. It was particularly good to be able to welcome representatives from some external bodies interested in disabled target shooting.

The most remarkable thing about this round of conferences is that they were the first ever events in our sport to which were invited people from ALL target shooting disciplines, participating in any capacity and at any level. It was absolutely wonderful to see six groups of people from completely different shooting backgrounds all getting to know each other, swopping ideas and information, and leaving as good friends. We would like to thank all these pioneers for what they have helped to accomplish in the sport as a whole, not only on the disabled shooting front.

Read more: DSP Regional Conferences 2013

Laugharne Jones - Twitter

British shooter Laugharne Jones, who competes in Olympic Trap from his wheelchair, is in Cyprus to represent Wales in the Clay Target Grand Prix. For those who would like to follow his progress but who are not Twitter users, we are using his tweets to compile a micro-blog here. (Timings are GMT, 2 hrs behind Cyprus)

Read more: CT News from Larnaca

Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

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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.
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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.