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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Crazy - film 2 W

Friday, 22nd June 2012

If a picture is worth a thousand words, moving pictures are worth ten thousand words when it comes to getting the disabled shooting message across. 

When we were creating the Information section of this website, we wanted to be able to give people a realistic idea of what various disciplines were like for disabled participants, and to illustrate how various disabilities can be catered for by the sport.  Much trawling of YouTube produced a disappointing number of clips that we could use.  Not many were British, and very few featured disabled shooters. 

However, we did find some gems, particularly the excellent short film featuring Deanshanger Air Rifle Club in Northamptonshire.  This club has been formed by a group of very enthusiastic blind and visually impaired shooters, and the film is a superb advertisement, as well as demonstrating clearly what acoustic shooting is like. 

We’ve used several videos of international shooters in various disciplines.  The best of these (in terms of the quality of the film-making) have been made by the Italian Clay Target body FITAV and feature the newly set up Clay Target Grand Prix matches.  There are a number of filmed interviews of our Paralympic shooters – the people making this sort of thing need to remember that pedestrian questions produce a pedestrian interview!  One short film that is eye-catching covers a shooting contest between Di Coates and Matt Skelhon on one side, and some military marksmen on the other. 

In Spring 2012 Blaze Publishing launched The Shooting Show as an on-line TV programme, which is broadcast/published every Monday evening.  I think this is great fun and often useful. 

An interesting new twist on the use of this sort of material arrived in my e-mail inbox recently.  A club that’s planning a major development for disabled shooters asked me for videos that they could put together as a film show.  They are going to take this round all the disability groups in the area to show them all how accessible and enjoyable target shooting is.  I reckon that’s a brilliant idea, and I hope it’s a huge success for them. 

It would undoubtedly be immensely useful to the DSP to have available footage of the technical aspects of disabled target shooting – as opposed to the “news” content that is almost all that’s currently out there.  If anyone feels inclined to try their hand at producing some, please let us know!

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