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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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cheers8th September 2013
Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp

The weekend 7/8 September featured not only the NRA Open Day throughout Bisley Camp, but also our major event of the year, the Disabled Shooting Gala hosted by Lord Roberts Centre. All in all, we feel it was a good contribution to National Paralympic Day, and we were very pleased that both the British Paralympic Association and the English Federation of Disability Sport helped to promote it.

Our objectives for the day:
(1) to celebrate and promote disabled target shooting;
(2) to recognise and thank people and organisations that have made important contributions to disabled target shooting; and
(3) to have fun!

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Lots of Firsts

The Gala represented a number of important achievements for the DSP. It was the first national event to promote disabled target shooting. The inaugural Disabled Shooting Awards were presented, and are the first awards to span all target shooting disciplines. Our flagship Focus Club Scheme was launched, and the first club certificated. Similarly, the first group of DSP Clubs received their certificates; we hope there will be many more.

Finally, and thanks to Mark Jarman of Nonesuche Media, the event provided much footage for our first promotional videos for disabled target shooting, which are now available on our Vimeo channel.

Read more: Disabled Shooting Gala 2013

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DSP Workshop Conference on 26th October 2013
At West Midlands Regional Shooting Centre, Wolverhampton

Our purpose in setting up this conference was to explore what can be done to encourage the inclusion and integration of people with intellectual disabilities in target shooting as far as possible.

The need for such an initiative has been apparent for some time. Our contacts with clubs, coaches, range officers, committee members, etc. over the last two years have shown that whilst many are willing to welcome people with these disabilities, and to try hard to help them take part in the sport, others are so worried about safety, and feel so ill-equipped to deal with such people, that they have not been prepared to welcome them in. In a sport for which safety is absolutely paramount, this level of caution is understandable, but it is often excessive. We have been aware of shooters with a range of intellectual disabilities who are taking part in the sport perfectly safely.

The aims of the conference

  • To explore ways in which people with various intellectual disabilities could take part in the sport
  • To identify any safety issues with a view to determining what, if any, type or degree of disability cannot be catered for safely
  • To establish what guidance on safe participation should be provided for coaches, officials and target shooting venues
  • To propose options for promoting participation by working with clubs, shooting grounds and disability support organisations

Read more: Intellectual Disabilities in Target Shooting

Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

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£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.