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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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From 1st January 2013 this grant-giving body will only be accepting applications for capital projects, including in the field of amateur sports.  Bodies applying must be registered charities or CASCs.  Grants can be small (up to £5,000), medium (£5,000 to £25,000) or large (over £25,000).  Full details on their website.

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Do sign up for the excellent e-bulletins that this organisation sends out.  They have recently added a lot of new material to their website, including a jargon buster, list of "buzz words" to include in applications, and their top tips.  They have also joined Facebook

2013

To all our friends, colleagues and supporters throughout disabled target shooting, we send our very best wishes for a happy, prosperous and successful year in 2013

Read more: Happy New Year !

Arthur Wood WSwansea Rifle Club’s coach and "man of all work" received the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award, recognising 20 years of unstinting voluntary service to the club.  This meant that Arthur went forward as the Welsh candidate for the BBC’s UK SPOTY awards on 16th December.  A full report on Arthur’s award, including footage of him at the club, is on the BBC website.

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On 17th December the long wait ended, and we got the best pre-Christmas present we could have wished for – the amazing news that the DSP will continue to be funded by Sport England as part of the British Shooting allocation of £1.1million for 2013-17.  That represents a very respectable increase over the 2008-2012 figure, which is even more cause for celebration. 

Read more: Thank you, Sport England!

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News has reached us that Andy has made the agonising decision to give up shooting as a result of unsuccessful treatment on his back.  He has been a staunch supporter of the DSP, as well as a great ambassador for the benchrest discipline.  More on our Disabled Shooting Year blog, and in Andy's own blog on his website The Benchrest Show.

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We are delighted that Chris Lacey, shooter and gunsmith, has not only agreed to act as the DSP’s voluntary Equipment Co-ordinator, but has also joined our Working Group.

For those of who do not know him, Chris was the leading British Junior international air rifle shooter for several years – and is still the joint British Junior Record holder. A motorcycle accident four or five years ago put paid to any prospect of international success as a senior, and means that he is expected to be in a wheelchair in another 10 years or so. Details of Chris’s training and work as a gunsmith is on the website of his business Lacey's Shooting Services. He brings youth and enthusiasm to the Working Group, as well as his very welcome expertise on all aspects of shooting equipment, and a flair for invention.

Read more: Chris Lacey joins DSP

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Spencer Owens of Wool, Dorset, is the beneficiary of the latest charity shoot organised by Purbeck Shooting School.  The 15-year-old has a degenerative condition that means he has to do his Clay Target shooting from a wheelchair.  More information in the Dorset Echo.

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.