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DAD title W

Sunday 15th July 2012

The annual Disability Awareness Day at Warrington is now one of the biggest such events in the country.  Ken Nash, wearing both his NSRA and British Blind Sport hats, has been taking part for a number years, promoting blind/VI shooting via taster sessions.  This year we decided to join him. 

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Dave Froggett and Liz Woodall manned our stand, which was strategically placed right by the entrance to the Sport Zone, with Ken’s airgun range on one side, and our friends from the Dwarf Sports Association and British Blind Sports on the other.  Although the ground was pretty well waterlogged, it didn’t actually rain on the day, and there were spells of sunshine to brighten us all up. 

After a quietish start, the acoustic airgun range did a brisk trade, eager customers queuing up right to the end of the afternoon.  Our stand was not so busy as this was our first appearance at the event, but we had a respectable number of visitors, and there was time to have a look round the other stands to pick up information and make some useful new contacts. 

We’ll be back next year, hopefully with a bigger and better presence to promote our sport. 

 

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