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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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IBSA ShootingWarm congratulations to leading British blind shooter Michael Whapples on his appointment as Chairman of the Shooting Committee of the International Blind Sports Association.  

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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.  

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The DSP's Equipment Co-ordinator, Chris Lacey, will be taking part in a sponsored motorcycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats in aid of LimbPower on 7th/8th September.  This is a disability support charity that the DSP hopes to work with.  Details of the event are on Facebook, and anyone who would like to add to Chris's sponsorship pot can do so via JustGiving.  We just hope he comes back in one piece! 

 

Arthur Wood WSwansea Rifle Club’s coach and "man of all work" received the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award, recognising 20 years of unstinting voluntary service to the club.  This meant that Arthur went forward as the Welsh candidate for the BBC’s UK SPOTY awards on 16th December.  A full report on Arthur’s award, including footage of him at the club, is on the BBC website.

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News has reached us that Andy has made the agonising decision to give up shooting as a result of unsuccessful treatment on his back.  He has been a staunch supporter of the DSP, as well as a great ambassador for the benchrest discipline.  More on our Disabled Shooting Year blog, and in Andy's own blog on his website The Benchrest Show.

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Spencer Owens of Wool, Dorset, is the beneficiary of the latest charity shoot organised by Purbeck Shooting School.  The 15-year-old has a degenerative condition that means he has to do his Clay Target shooting from a wheelchair.  More information in the Dorset Echo.

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The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has honoured SportsAble shooting coach Alan Kenny with its Sports Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.  Alan introduced Paralympic shooter Georgina Callingham to the sport.  Read more about this award on the Sportsable website.

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Our warm congratulations to Sarah Bond on her recent appointment as Shooting Sport Manager to the International Paralympic Committee. 

Sarah’s shooting career started as a youngster at Felixstowe Rifle Club in Suffolk.  She was a member of the GB Junior Rifle & Pistol Squad for several years, and being elected Squad Captain before she became a senior. 

Read more: British IPC Appointment

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