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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Welcome to the Disabled Shooting Year !

April 2012 to March 2013

HM Queen's Letter of support

The DSP is taking advantage of the springboard offered by the London Olympics and Paralympics to run this huge promotion effort over these 12 months, and is honoured to have the support of Her Majesty the Queen for this initiative.  (Transcript of letter for blind/VI readers)

These are some of the things that are happening under the banner of the Disabled Shooting Year; more detailed information on each can be found in the DSY section of the website. 

Regional Conferences

Six are planned, for anyone interested in developing disabled shooting.  They are aimed at helping individuals, clubs and disability organisations to bring their ideas and plans to life. 

Promotional Events

DSP personnel are attending a number of shows, open days and other events during the year, and in various parts of the country, to raise awareness of the Disabled Shooting Year. 

Clubs Scheme

To encourage the development of a network of disabled-accessible clubs across the country we are introducing a new “benchmarking” scheme for clubs that wish to be able to demonstrate that they are disabled-friendly. 

Competitions

Shooting organisations are being encouraged to introduce more competitions that are open to disabled shooters, and to run more competitions as integrated events. 

Awards

We reckon that not enough people who do good work in target shooting, and especially disabled shooting, get proper recognition.  To remedy this we’re encouraging everyone to nominate these people and organisations for local sports awards, and/or for the new DSY Awards that we’re setting up.   

Closing celebrations

The Disabled Shooting Year will close with the biggest event we can organise, which will include the presentation of the DSY Awards.  Our aim is to celebrate everything that has been achieved during the year, and to attract plenty of media coverage. 

These key objectives are all things that could make a big difference to the sport.  Whether or not they do so will depend largely on how far they are taken up by shooters, clubs and other organisations.  The hope is that a lot of people will see that if they each do a little it will all add up to that big difference.  The beneficial effect of these DSY activities will be greatly multiplied if local initiatives are tied in to them. 

Please will you join in?

Lots of information about the progress of our key objectives will be published on-line and in shooting magazines during the year.  We’ll also publicise suggestions that are passed on to us in the Ideas page on this site.  If you feel your club’s in a rut, or you long for broader horizons, here’s where you can do something about it. 

If any of this inspires you or your club/organisation to do something, please do it – and tell us so we can tell everyone else! 

The torch logo for the Disabled Shooting Year can be used by any club or organisation that is supporting our work.  It would be great to see it on websites, entry forms, display boards, and so on.  Please contact DSP Co-ordinater Liz Woodall to request a suitable electronic copy. 

welcome mat

We want the Disabled Shooting Year to lay out a vast Welcome mat for the disabled community. 

Postscript

The DSY covers the remainder of the period for which we have Sport England funding; if it is a success then further funding may be granted, enabling us to continue working to help disabled people in target shooting. 

Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

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.

Funding Guidance & Information

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

Advice for Clubs

EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
More information

Disability Awareness

For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.