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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Sunday 1st April 2012

Whew!  Five years after it was first thought of, and after three years of planning, the Disabled Shooting Year has actually started. 

It has been said that April Fools' Day is not the most auspicious date we could have picked to embark on our principal promotional effort.  All we can say is that it's down to Sport England!  They are funding the Disabled Shooting Project until 31st March 2013 (for which we are most truly grateful), so we have to start our year 12 months back from then. 

It also means, of course, that the London Olympic and more importantly Paralympic Games are smack in the middle of the year.  If the GBR team does well in the Paralympic events, that will bring the best publicity we could possibly wish for.  Then we'll have six months in which to build on that and deliver the best possible result for all the effort that everyone has put into the DSP.  Naturally, if the whole thing is a thundering success the hope is that further funding will be forthcoming to carry the project forward. 

All that is still a long way ahead, and we've got a very busy schedule ahead of us.  For the moment, I'd like to thank Clive Garnham for all the time and effort he has put into building the new sections of the website for the Disabled Shooting Year.  We're dead chuffed with the result, and we hope you are too!

 

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DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

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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.  

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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.
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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.