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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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DSP - RegCon W

Between the middle of February and the end of March we held six Regional Conferences, which a total of 100 delegates booked to attend, although some did not make it due to the weather!  We were delighted that the delegates represented almost every target shooting discipline, and included coaches, range officers and volunteers as well as club officials and disabled shooters at all ability levels. It was particularly good to be able to welcome representatives from some external bodies interested in disabled target shooting.

The most remarkable thing about this round of conferences is that they were the first ever events in our sport to which were invited people from ALL target shooting disciplines, participating in any capacity and at any level. It was absolutely wonderful to see six groups of people from completely different shooting backgrounds all getting to know each other, swopping ideas and information, and leaving as good friends. We would like to thank all these pioneers for what they have helped to accomplish in the sport as a whole, not only on the disabled shooting front.

Conference venues were chosen not only for geographical spread and location, but to reflect the broad range of disabled target shooting disciplines, and we are most grateful to our conference hosts, all of which have their own websites:
SportsAble at Maidenhead, Berkshire
Purbeck Shooting Ground, near Wareham, Dorset
Easingwold Rifle Club, Yorkshire
Blackburn Rifle & Pistol Club, Lancashire
Cambridge Target Shooting Association, Norman Cross, near Peterborough, Huntingdonshire
Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford
Each conference began with lunch as an opportunity for delegates to “meet and greet”. This was clearly a popular decision, and everyone was very appreciative of the efforts made by hosts on the catering front.

The conference format was relaxed, giving plenty of time for delegates to raise topics of particular interest to themselves, as well as allowing us to provide an overview of the very wide range of activities undertaken by the DSP. Every delegate received an electronic information pack, and lots of information on useful contacts and links.

A round-up of the key points that came out of the conferences will be published soon.  The whole exercise has provided some very valuable insights that will be borne in mind in the DSP’s planning for 2013-17.  Our Working Group is already picking up on some of the suggestions that were made; for example, a conference on intellectual disabilities in target shooting is under consideration for later this year.

There was overwhelming demand for the conferences to be repeated, and we intend to make them an annual event, using different venues each year. Any clubs, shooting grounds, etc. that would be interested in hosting a conference in 2014 is welcome to contact the DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall.

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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.