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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Paralympic Shooting

At the moment, almost all international shooting competitions for people with disabilities are run under the same rules and regulations as apply to the Paralympic shooting events.  Unfortunately, these are currently very restrictive, so the effect is that many disabled shooters are not eligible to take part in international matches, either because they are not disabled enough, or because they have the “wrong type of disability” that does not fit the classification system. 

The rules currently in force are administered by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), even when they are being applied to events other than the Paralympic Games.  The rules on classification of disabilities, and the technical rules for matches can be downloaded from the IPC website. 

Classification

The IPC classifications are:-
SH1 – shooters who can support their rifle or pistol unaided in the shooting position.
SH2 – shooters who cannot support their rifle unaided, and so use a specified type of spring stand to support the front of the gun.
SH3 – blind and visually impaired shooters

Pistol shooters can only be classified as SH1. 

Within the SH1 and SH2 classes there are sub-divisions for those who shoot from a chair, depending on the amount of back support they are allowed to have. 

Latest news - November 2013
The IPC has appointed the University of Queensland to conduct an in-depth study and produce recommendations on a more objective system of assessing athletes for classification.  Report on Inside The Games

Events

Of the enormous number of target shooting disciplines that take place around the world, only a small handful are included in the Paralympic Games.  Consequently only that small handful are available as regular full international matches, such as European and World Championships, World Cups, etc.   The disciplines included are:

Air Rifle at 10m range – separate matches for Men (60 shots) and Women (40 shots)
Standing – to be shot standing or seated, with no elbow support
Kneeling – to be shot seated with support for one elbow
Prone – to be shot seated with both elbows supported by a table

.22 Rifle at 50m range – match for Mixed men and women
English Match – 60 shots prone on the ground or seated with both elbows supported by a table

.22 Rifle 3x20 at 50m range – for Women
Standing – to be shot standing or seated, with no elbow support
Kneeling – to be shot seated with support for one elbow
Prone – to be shot seated with both elbows supported by a table

.22 Rifle 3x40 at 50m range – for Men
Standing – to be shot standing or seated, with no elbow support
Kneeling – to be shot seated with support for one elbow
Prone – to be shot seated with both elbows supported by a table

Air Pistol at 10m range
Men – 60 shots, standing or seated, with no elbow support
Women – 40 shots, standing or seated, with no elbow support

.22 Pistol at 25m range
Men – 60 shots (30 precision, 30 duelling) standing or seated, no elbow support
Women – 60 shots (30 precision, 30 duelling) standing or seated, no elbow support

Download the full list of IPC events.

There are currently no Paralympic Clay Target events, even though these are a very significant part of the Olympic shooting programme.   However, the ISSF (which administers Olympic target shooting) and the IPC are beginning to consider the possibility of introducing it. 

There are also no Paralympic events for blind/VI shooters even though the IPC makes provision for them to be classified. 

Deaflympics

Deaf shooters are not eligible to take part in either the Paralympic Games (as it is the “wrong” type of disability), or the Olympic Games (because they are too disabled to cope with spoken range commands).  However, target shooting is included in the Deaflympics, where the following disciplines are shot under the same technical rules as the Olympic disciplines, except that all range commands are visual:

Men:

.22 Rifle at 50m – 60 shots prone
.22 Rifle at 50m – 3 x 40 (prone, standing and kneeling)
Air Rifle at 10m – 60 shots standing
Air Pistol at 10m – 60 shots
.22 Pistol at 50m – 60 shots
Rapid-fire Pistol at 25m – 60 shots

Women:

.22 Rifle at 50m – 3 x 20 (prone, standing and kneeling)
Air Rifle at 10m – 40 shots standing
Air Pistol at 10m – 40 shots
Sport Pistol at 25m – 60 shots (precision + duelling)

 

Special Olympics

At the moment there are no target shooting events in the Special Olympics.  We'd like to see that change. 

 

Other international matches

In recent years some international matches have been held for non-Paralympic disabled shooting disciplines.  For example, there is an annual European Championships for Blind/VI shooters, which is an airgun-only event.  In 2011 the first-ever world-class international match was held for Clay Target shooters; a Grand Prix alongside a World Cup in Italy.  Also in 2011 the first-ever fully integrated international match was held at Hannover (see news report on the ISCH). 

The DSP hopes that international matches will soon become available for shooters with disabilities that do not fit the IPC classification system, so that a full international career will be open to all disabled shooters if they choose to pursue it. 

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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. 

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