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
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.
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.
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.
Women and men all compete in one of three categories: sitting, standing, and blind or visually impaired. In each category there are women's events over distances of 6km, 10km and 12.5km, whilst the men cover 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km. Blind and visually-impaired athletes have a guide.
The shooting element is 10-metre air rifle, with acoustic aiming equipment for the blind/VI competitors, and drop-down disc targets. Competitors shoot twice during each race. Missing a target is an expensive mistake, as the competitor must then ski around an additional "penalty loop" before completing the race.
Sadly, there will not be any British competitors in these events at Sochi, but this is an exciting dynamic sport, and it will be well worthwhile taking time to watch the races on Channel 4.
More information on the Sochi Games website.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
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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.
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