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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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22nd August 2012

Why is it that clubs keep telling me that they can’t make themselves more disabled accessible because it needs more than just a ramp and they can’t raise the money for major works?  As soon as they discover that it’s very easy to get grants for this sort of thing the immediate reaction is usually “Oh, right.  Well we’ll get on with it then.”

 

This is the key message that I’ve been trying to get out to all clubs since the DSP began, but there’s obviously still a lot to do!  We’ve said it on the website and in shooting magazines, newsletters and so forth.  Yet clearly it has passed by a large part of the target shooting world.  It seems to be only when the topic comes up in direct conversation that the news is registered. 

No doubt busy and harassed club secretaries treat a lot of what they receive as bumph and don’t have time to read it or pass it on to their committees.  That’s understandable but frustrating.  What else can be done?  If only the county representatives at the various NGBs would take on the task of liaising with all the clubs on their patch and passing on valuable nuggets of information like this.  Could we ask NGBs if they could announce it at all national meeting prize-giving ceremonies, when a lot of people will be paying attention to what is being said? 

I’ll keep working on it.

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