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
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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.
Warm congratulations to leading British blind shooter Michael Whapples on his appointment as Chairman of the Shooting Committee of the International Blind Sports Association.
Michael takes up this post at a time when shooting for blind and visually impaired people is developing well in Britain, thanks to the joint efforts of the NSRA and British Blind Sport. New young blood is coming into the sport, and there is a growing number of ambitious shooters who are looking for opportunities to compete internationally. We believe that this is an area that Michael is keen to develop and promote.
The DSP and the NSRA have been working with Michael for some time on the proper codification of rules for domestic blind/VI shooting, and this will clearly be another important part of Michael's work, as it is acknowledged by IBSA and the IPC that the international rules also need to be overhauled.
We look forward to continuing to work with Michael, and wish him a happy and successful tenure.