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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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1st/2nd March 2014 - Aldersley

Carol Brown - Supported Champion

Thirty-eight shooters from eleven clubs shot at the West Midlands Region Shooting Centre in this year's championships.  Many of them had a long journey; several came from Cornwall, there was a group from Bon Accord in Aberdeen, and one from west Wales.  

This year the routine was varied on Saturday by a visit from a BBC Radio 4 crew, recording material for an excellent feature on the In Touch programme, subsequently broadcast on 4th March.  

Sadly, there were no Junior competitors this year; we hope that the current surge in enquiries about blind/VI shooting will lead to more youngsters taking up this discipline and competing for the trophy in 2015.  

There were six contenders in the free-standing class, and again it would be good to see more shooters taking this up.  


Leading Results

Michael Whapples - Free Standing Champion W

Class A and Supported Champion - Carol Brown, Okehampton Smallbore Club - 598 (44x)

Class B - James Coulton, Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club - 575 (17x)

Class C - M Harris, Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club - 559 (14x)

Free-standing Champion - Michael Whapples, Holwell Rifle Club - 587 (36x)


 New Rules

At the AGM which was held at lunchtime on Sunday, the provisional rules for domestic blind/VI shooting were adopted.  They will be used throughout 2014, then reviewed and finalised for formal adoption at the 2015 meeting.  

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