Michael 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.Read More
Vic 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.
Stewart 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.
Can you help?
It has long been clear from our contacts with individual shooters and clubs that there is a big demand for more high-level competitions that are open to disabled and less-able shooters. This means national championships and international competitions.
Paralympic shooting is not open to all disabled target shooters. Many of them have disabilities that do not fit the classification criteria. Many more do not shoot the .177 and .22 Paralympic disciplines. Consequently, there is a huge number of shooters looking for what is now known as a “performance pathway” – and why shouldn’t they all have one?
The DSP is working on it. A recent opportunity to visit the International Shooting Competition at Hannover (ISCH), offered the chance to discuss this topic with officials from other nations. Not surprisingly, they were aware of a similar pool of disabled shooters in their own countries, looking for similar opportunities. We intend to build on this initial exploration by approaching as many other national federations as possible, inviting them to provide information about the shooting disciplines in which they have a demand for international competition. It should then be possible to start setting up international postal matches to get things moving. Hopefully those will generate an interest in shoulder-to-shoulder competitions, which will lead to countries hosting international events in the non-IPC disciplines.
DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall will be glad to hear from anyone with shooting contacts abroad who might be able to help make all this happen.