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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Profiles of air rifle shooters who use acoustic aiming equipment because they have lost their sight.

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Davey Geater

Disability: Loss of vision following head injury

Davey's story was published by Tunbridge Wells People in August 2012:

Tubslake Shooting Club, in Hawkhurst, is one of only 24 clubs throughout the UK with facilities for non-sighted people to try out target shooting.

Davey Geater travels from Newhaven every two weeks to shoot at the club's range.  The 31-year-old, who lost his sight after suffering a severe head injury in a work accident in 2004, said: "I have been shooting all my life, before I was blind.  My dad was always into it and I used to go with him. I always loved it."

He said joining the shooting club was very important to him, adding: "It has been amazing, it has meant so much to me. It's somewhere I can go and shoot without anyone moaning at me.  It's one more thing for me to do. Having this to do is another thing to take my mind off things."

Read more: Air rifle for blind and visually impaired

Ray Cockayne

Disability: Limb Girdle Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Ray Cockayne shooting .22 prone rifle from his wheelchair

In addition to shooting .22 prone from his wheelchair (as shown here), Ray also shoots fullbore rifle in various calibres, including a .308 Remington barrel and action in an Accuracy International stock. 

Read more: Prone rifle from a wheelchair

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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.
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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.