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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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1st/2nd March 2014 - Aldersley

Carol Brown - Supported Champion

Thirty-eight shooters from eleven clubs shot at the West Midlands Region Shooting Centre in this year's championships.  Many of them had a long journey; several came from Cornwall, there was a group from Bon Accord in Aberdeen, and one from west Wales.  

Read more: British Blind Championship 2014

Biathlon - sitting W

24th February 2014

Now that the Sochi OIympians are on their way home, we can turn our attention to the Winter Paralympics.  Shooting interest in the games is, of course, the various Biathlon events, which are scheduled for 8th, 11th and 14th March.  

Read more: Biathlon at Sochi Paralympics

21st February 2014

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There is excellent news for those who are working hard to get clay target into the Paralympic fold.  A joint announcement from IPC, ISSF and FITAV (the Italian shotgun federation) announces progress in the groundwork and negotiations.  There is also the most welcome news that clay target will be included in the IPC World Championships at Suhl in July as an exhibition event. 

Julie Sperling, chair of the Disabled Shooters' Group, has confirmed that plans are in hand to send a British team to Suhl.  Anyone who would like to be considered for inclusion in the team should contact Julie as soon as possible. 

We will publish more information on this topic as soon as it comes to hand.  

Read more: IPC progress on Clay Target

Manx Blind Welfare Soc

14th February 2014

The 30th acoustic shooting facility for blind and visually-impaired shooters to be set up in Britain has been opened at Corrin Court, in Onchan on the Isle of Man.  Hosted by the Manx Blind Welfare Society, the new facility has been set up by Ken Nash of the NSRA and British Blind Sport, and is operating under the title Manx Acoustic Shooting Club.  .  

There are full reports of the opening, attended by over 100 people, on BBC Isle of Man and IsleofMan.com, and an excellent video by Manx TV

Lincolnshire SRA logo

An excellent "come and have a go" day was run by Lincolnshire SRA on 11th January 2014.  On offer were acoustic shooting for blind/VI, air rifle and pistol, and archery.  This was a fantastic initiative by the Lincolnshire team, led by Dave Carter, ably supported by Charlie Blow of the NSRA and most of the clubs in the county.   Photographs and full story are on The Lincolnite website. 

About half of the people who attended said they would like to join a shooting club, and quite a few of them have already visited a local club since the event.  

We would love to see similar events held elsewhere in the country, so if any other associations or clubs would like to run one, please let us know.  Advice and support is available!  

Rio Paralympics logo

24th January 2014

The dates for the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games have been announced as 7th to 18th September 2016.   

The IPC has published the Qualification Guide for the 22 participating sports on its newly-launched micro site for the Games.  This explains what an individual athlete will have to do to qualify for a place at Rio, so it covers MQS (minimum qualifying scores), quota places, wild cards, etc. for each sport.  

Read more: 2016 Paralympics

IPC logo and a clay target

22nd January 2014

The IPC has announced the list of new sports and new disciplines in existing sports that are under consideration for inclusion in the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.  Many disabled shooters will be disappointed that Clay Target is not on that list, so the earliest it could become a Paralympic discipline is now 2024.  

Ten years is a long time to wait for the young shooters who are working hard to develop international careers in Clay Target.  The fact that Clay Target is currently Britain's most successful Olympic discipline will only add to the poignancy of this news.  

Read more: No CT for 2020 Paralympics

Map of Gloucestershire

People in Gloucestershire with disabilities or mental health conditions are eligible to apply for grants from the Barnwood Trust for funding towards the cost of "making the most of their lives".  This can include the purchase of sports equipment.  They run two funding schemes, one for grants of £50 to £750 and the other for larger amounts.  

The Trust also operates a funding scheme for organisations, although eligibility is quite restricted.  

Information and application details on the Trust's website

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.
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.