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Peter Breheny

Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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Michael Whapples

Michael 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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Scout

This 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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Stewart Nangle

Stewart 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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Matt Skelhon

Matt 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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Di Coates

Deanna (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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Blind-VI

In March 2014 we are putting the spotlight on shooting for those who are blind or visually impaired.  This is because there has been a significant upsurge of interest in this area of the sport, so we are using this month to highlight the opportunities available, and to introduce our plans for the next twelve months.  Below is a round-up of all the latest news on this topic - there is quite a lot of it!

 

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Introduction

Those who are new to the concept of blind participation in target shooting can find out about it in our introductory article, which also includes some notes on the latest developments in additional disciplines.  There is also an overview by VI shooter Hussain Patwa. 

Anyone who is looking for somewhere to try acoustic air rifle shooting can check out the list of clubs which have the equipment for it.  

 

News

The British Blind/VI Championships were held at Aldersley on the first weekend in March.  A report and the principal results can be found in News about Events.

New Club

We are delighted to welcome the opening of the latest acoustic shooting facility to be set up by the indefatigable Ken Nash, who has been the key man in developing this discipline in Britain over the last 20 years.  Ken travelled to the Isle of Man for the usual installation and training process, and the Manx Acoustic Shooting Club was born.  Our report has links to various local reports of the event, including a video by Manx TV.  

On the Radio

A crew from BBC Radio 4 attended the first day of the British Championships and produced an excellent report that was broadcast on the In Touch programme a few days later.  The programme also included an interview with blind journalist and broadcaster Sean Dilley who shoots clay target at the Lea Valley Shooting Ground in Hertfordshire.  For those who find this hard to believe, there is a video showing how he does it.

On the TV?

We have also been contacted by one of the TV channels seeking information about blind biathlon, with a view to including a piece about it in one of their programmes in the run-up to the Winter Paralympics.  If this is broadcast, we will add details here.  In the meantime, anyone who would like to find out about this challenging sport can view a video that has just been released by IPC Shooting.

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On the domestic front, Acoustic Sporter Crossbow, which has been demonstrated at several of the DSP's promotional events, is becoming popular.  Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club are getting so keen on it that they would like other clubs to take it up so that some competitions can be introduced for it.  Any clubs interested should contact John Lloyd at Blackburn - as usual, grants should be available to cover the cost of acquiring the equipment.  

 

Our Plans

We have been receiving a lot of enquiries about blind/VI shooting from London and the south east.  At the moment, the only clubs with acoustic aiming equipment in that area are Tubslake Shooting Centre in Kent and SportsAble at Maidenhead in Berkshire.  Clearly we need to find several more clubs willing to acquire the equipment (which can be fully grant-funded), and/or some blind/VI support organisations with premises where 10-metre ranges can be set up for this purpose.  

During this month we are liaising with existing clubs in the area that have airgun facilities, with British Blind Sport, the London CSPs, and several blind/VI groups.  The aim is to arrange a meeting or conference to agree on the best way of meeting this demand, and then helping those clubs and venues that are willing to set up the facilities.  Naturally, we will be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in this exercise - particularly clubs who would like to get involved.  Please contact Liz Woodall to register your interest and be kept informed.  

Other areas

In other parts of the country we have been encouraging and supporting more clubs to offer acoustic shooting.  Ken Nash, and hopefully his newly-recruited apprentice will be kept busy this year setting up at least half a dozen more facilities.  

SR AllianceThe Sport and Recreation Alliance has opened its 20th annual awards scheme for nominations.  Unlike other sports award schemes, the winners receive cash prizes for investment in their projects.  Winners of the five categories below will receive £1,000 each, and the overall winner gets £2,500.  

Categories for this year are:

  • Volunteer management
  • School  links
  • Professional club community programme of the year
  • Green thinking
  • Inovative project 

Plus the Community Sport & Recreation Overall Winner.  

Nominations must be submitted by 5.00pm on 4th May 2014.  

Full details on the S+RA website. 

Sports Coach UK

5th March 2014

Sports Coach UK have just released the 2014 version of their excellent guide to sources of funding for sport.  Although it says on the tin that it covers funding for coaching, most of the grant-giving bodies listed will give grants for many other aspects of sport as well.  

At 81 pages, the new version is significantly bigger than last year's, and it is in a new interactive on-line format.  

This is one of the best sports funding guides around, and we recommend that anyone looking for funding for their club, shooting ground or association, as well as for coach training and equipment, should start here.  

BBC In Touch

4th March 2014

Two days after the British Blind/VI Shooting Championships, the BBC's In Touch programme on Radio 4 devoted almost half of its airtime to an excellent report on acoustic shooting.  In addition to reporting from the first day of the championships, where several competitors were interviewed, the feature also covered clay target shooting, as done by Sean Dilley, himself a journalist and broadcaster.  

The programme provided an interesting and very positive overview of the sport, and is well worth listening to on the BBC iPlayer, where it should be available indefinitely as part of the In Touch archive.  Alternatively, it can be downloaded as a podcast until 2nd April. 

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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.  

Read more: British Blind Championship 2014

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24th - 31st May 2014

This is a huge annual promotion event for all forms of shooting, run by the Countryside Alliance.  The idea is to encourage clubs, shooting grounds and other facilities to hold open days and have-a-go sessions during the week, with a view to recruiting more people into the sport.  

The advantage of holding such an event during National Shooting Week is that it can be publicized via the special website, thus taking advantage of the advertising power of the CA to bring plenty of people to your event.  

Read more: National Shooting Week

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24th February 2014

Now that the Sochi OIympians are on their way home, we can turn our attention to the Winter Paralympics.  Shooting interest in the games is, of course, the various Biathlon events, which are scheduled for 8th, 11th and 14th March.  

Women and men all compete in one of three categories: sitting, standing, and blind or visually impaired.  In each category there are women's events over distances of 6km, 10km and 12.5km, whilst the men cover 7.5km, 12.5km and 15km.  Blind and visually-impaired athletes have a guide.  

The shooting element is 10-metre air rifle, with acoustic aiming equipment for the blind/VI competitors, and drop-down disc targets.  Competitors shoot twice during each race.  Missing a target is an expensive mistake, as the competitor must then ski around an additional "penalty loop" before completing the race.  

Sadly, there will not be any British competitors in these events at Sochi, but this is an exciting dynamic sport, and it will be well worthwhile taking time to watch the races on Channel 4.  

More information on the Sochi Games website

21st February 2014

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There is excellent news for those who are working hard to get clay target into the Paralympic fold.  A joint announcement from IPC, ISSF and FITAV (the Italian shotgun federation) announces progress in the groundwork and negotiations.  There is also the most welcome news that clay target will be included in the IPC World Championships at Suhl in July as an exhibition event. 

Julie Sperling, chair of the Disabled Shooters' Group, has confirmed that plans are in hand to send a British team to Suhl.  Anyone who would like to be considered for inclusion in the team should contact Julie as soon as possible. 

We will publish more information on this topic as soon as it comes to hand.  

Read more: IPC progress on Clay Target

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Helpful Stuff

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.