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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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BBC In Touch

4th March 2014

Two days after the British Blind/VI Shooting Championships, the BBC's In Touch programme on Radio 4 devoted almost half of its airtime to an excellent report on acoustic shooting.  In addition to reporting from the first day of the championships, where several competitors were interviewed, the feature also covered clay target shooting, as done by Sean Dilley, himself a journalist and broadcaster.  

The programme provided an interesting and very positive overview of the sport, and is well worth listening to on the BBC iPlayer, where it should be available indefinitely as part of the In Touch archive.  Alternatively, it can be downloaded as a podcast until 2nd April. 

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

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!  

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.  

 

SE Inspired Facility

Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association will receive an Inspired Facilities grant of £50,000 from Sport England towards the cost of developing the Norman Cross range complex near Peterborough.  The project will create a regional centre of excellence for several target shooting disciplines, and will cater for a wide range of disabilities. 

Read more: Sport England support Norman Cross

The Modern Print Inclusive Target Shooting Club has been awarded Disability Sport Wales’ Insport Club Ribbon.

Modern Print award Oct 2012 W

Read more: Disability Sport Accolade for Welsh Club

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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.