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cheers8th September 2013
Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Camp

The weekend 7/8 September featured not only the NRA Open Day throughout Bisley Camp, but also our major event of the year, the Disabled Shooting Gala hosted by Lord Roberts Centre. All in all, we feel it was a good contribution to National Paralympic Day, and we were very pleased that both the British Paralympic Association and the English Federation of Disability Sport helped to promote it.

Our objectives for the day:
(1) to celebrate and promote disabled target shooting;
(2) to recognise and thank people and organisations that have made important contributions to disabled target shooting; and
(3) to have fun!

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Lots of Firsts

The Gala represented a number of important achievements for the DSP. It was the first national event to promote disabled target shooting. The inaugural Disabled Shooting Awards were presented, and are the first awards to span all target shooting disciplines. Our flagship Focus Club Scheme was launched, and the first club certificated. Similarly, the first group of DSP Clubs received their certificates; we hope there will be many more.

Finally, and thanks to Mark Jarman of Nonesuche Media, the event provided much footage for our first promotional videos for disabled target shooting, which are now available on our Vimeo channel.

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Lots of Guests

Over 100 people came to the Gala. They represented the full breadth of target shooting disciplines, organisations large and small, and a significant number of different disabilities. To entertain them there were about a dozen different “have-a-go” options, including field target, blind/VI shooting, crossbow, Scatt and 10-metre biathlon, as well as a fun shoot involving balloons and a paintball gun, for which we are grateful to John Kelman. John also brought along some of his “equaliser” equipment, which enables people with severe disabilities to shoot with various types of gun. Between shoots, our guests could have a look at some juicy displays of fullbore and benchrest rifles, as well as consult Pippa Taylor of 10.9 Tailoring for advice about their shooting clothing. Apparently a great deal of useful networking was going on as well.

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Lots of Thanks

We would like to record here our enormous gratitude to all those who helped to make the Gala a success, especially the Lord Roberts Centre staff, the LRC Coaching Team led by Simon Jarman, the 1901 Café who handled the catering, Alan Grayson and his colleagues from UKBR22, George Forster of Bisley Field Target Organisation, Blackburn R&PC and Blackburn Acoustic RC for the crossbow, and the DSP Volunteers who worked hard all day.

 

And finally

Those who, for a wide range of reasons, were unable to join us on the day, can watch the aforementioned video. As soon as the date for next year’s Gala has been fixed it will be published as widely as possible, in the hope that lots more people will come and help us to celebrate, join in the appreciation, and have even more fun!

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More information about the day:
• Presentation of DSP Club and Focus Club certificates – article in News > DSP News
• Presentation of Disabled Shooting Awards 2012/13 – article in More Information > Awards > Disabled Shooting Awards

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