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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Saturday 5th May 2012

After years of organising events in shooting, the Army Cadets, Women’s Institute and so forth I find the routine is pretty well ingrained now.

First the odd reminders of things to be remembered, then starting the list of things to do, followed by the list of documentation needed, then the list of things to take, the list of people to contact, the list of other lists, the e-mails, the creation of documents, the photocopying, collating, finding, packing, losing vital notes, remembering things that should have been on the lists at the outset, ‘phone calls, losing the lists while finding the notes, tripping over the cat while loading the car, having to go back for the mobile ‘phones, arriving, unloading, unpacking, finding the lists, setting out the stall, and preparing to talk to lots of people.   There may be more or less flying by the seat of the pants, but it’s always roughly the same procedure. 

That’s what it was like this week.  The long-planned infopacks were completed on Friday evening, and fortunately approved of by colleagues.  Before it got dark three of us managed to put up the gazebo on the grass smack opposite the front door of the NRA, with the DSP and Disabled Shooting Year banners down either side.  The NRA staff had confirmed that Saturday’s Open Day was a sell-out, and we were going to be ready for it! 

First thing Saturday morning found us putting up tables and display boards, and setting up the newly-revised Powerpoint presentation about our work to run continuously on a laptop in the corner.  When the first punters started walking up from the car park Dave and I were indeed ready for them; all prepared to talk about our work, what the DSP can do to help, what the options are for disabled people interested in the sport, and so on.  There’s quite a sense of achievement at this point – preparation successfully accomplished is a high spot. 

Where all this planning comes unstuck is when the British weather decides to reach the height of eccentricity and produce, for a mid-Spring festival weekend, conditions that it forgot to deliver some time in February.  So we were treated to low temperatures exacerbated by a breeze, total cloud cover and intermittent rain.  Despite this meteorological discouragement, a great many people decided to be thoroughly British and come for their day out at Bisley, and I do hope that they enjoyed their have-a-go sessions all round the camp.  What they didn’t do was take time out to come and talk to us!  I really can’t blame them – having queued several times over to check in and then for their shoots, they were quite naturally only interested in getting to somewhere warm, dry and comfortable a.s.a.p., and unfortunately our gazebo didn’t fit the bill.

A few people did come and see us, including NRA Chairman Robin Pizer.  One of them was an excellent new contact who is working hard at setting up a new club to revive an abandoned range that he has found, and wants it to be as disabled-friendly as possible – obviously we wish him every success with that project, and hope to hear news of progress.  

So what have we got out of the day in return for all that effort?  Well, everyone who came saw our banners, so that’s quite a lot of brand exposure.  We left flyers at the clay target ranges and with the NRA, encouraging people to take advantage of the focus on disability at the September Open Day.  Dave and I also managed to discuss quite a lot of management matters and develop some useful ideas.  Finally, we now have a good stock of completed infopacks ready for distribution, so the next task will be a mass mailing!

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