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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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.

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IPC Shooting World Cup
Szczecin, Poland – 9th-11th May 2014

 

The British team who made this year’s trip to Poland more than lived up to the standards set in previous years.  They achieved excellent results, finishing second in the overall medal table, behind Russia. The shooters brought home two team golds, plus two golds and a silver in the individual events.

Unfortunately, the full results for the World Cup have not been put up on the Sius on-line results service, but we are able to report on the four events in which the British medals were won.

Read more: GBR medals at Szczecin 2014

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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

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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

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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

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25th November 2013

Shooting is one of the sports for which the IPC has published strategic plans covering the period 2013-2016.  The document covers six main areas: major championships, athlete development, Paralympic brand, funding, organisation, and partnerships.  

One of the objectives listed should offer some encouragement to those who are keen to see Clay Target and Blind/VI shooting in the Paralympics:

Continue to explore new opportunities to develop and/or increase the IPC Shooting programme of events

Link to the document: IPC Plan

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

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