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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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ipc

25th November 2013

Shooting is one of the sports for which the IPC has published strategic plans covering the period 2013-2016.  The document covers six main areas: major championships, athlete development, Paralympic brand, funding, organisation, and partnerships.  

One of the objectives listed should offer some encouragement to those who are keen to see Clay Target and Blind/VI shooting in the Paralympics:

Continue to explore new opportunities to develop and/or increase the IPC Shooting programme of events

Link to the document: IPC Plan

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After a lengthy period of gestation, the DSP's flagship scheme for accrediting clubs that are able to cater properly for people who are disabled or less able was officially launched at the Disabled Shooting Gala on 9th September.  

Leicester & District Smallbore Rifle & Pistol Club was the first club to pass the benchmarking process and receive its Focus Club certificate.  We are very grateful to them for agreeing to be the pioneers of a brand new system.  A number of other clubs have already applied to follow Leicester's lead.  It looks as if our Focus Club Administrator, DSP Volunteer Dave Poxon, is going to be kept very busy for some time, keeping up with the demand.  

Read more: Launch of Clubs Scheme

In 2013 five target shooting clubs have applied successfully for funding from the Sport England ‘Inspired Facilities’ scheme. This gives grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 for the development of buildings and facilities.

Read more: £287,087 for Shooting Clubs

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Lincolnshire County Council has set up an on-line funding portal, which says it has details of hundreds of funding schemes that are open to clubs and organisations in and around the county, as well as advice and guidance.  

Survey

Data Needed Urgently!

Target Shooting as a sport has very little data about both the disabled and less-able people who are taking part in it, and the grass-roots organisations that are catering for them.  Until very recently none of the national governing bodies held any such information, and due to the limitations of existing computer systems it is going to be some time before they can start collecting it and assembling statistics.  

Meanwhile, not unreasonably, Sport England want to know what is being achieved with the money it is providing for development of disabled target shooting.  In addition, we often need information about participation levels to provide support for funding bids, planning applications, and so forth.  

Read more: DSP Surveys Launch

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Contributions to DSP's Video Library

Now that our Vimeo and YouTube channels are up and running alongside our Flickr album, the DSP will be very grateful for contributions of video and/or still photographs relating to any aspect of disabled target shooting.  If you are able to let us have suitable material, or know someone else who can, please read on - and spread the word.  

Read more: Shooting Movies!

DS Awards WBecause these are the first awards, naturally there are many people and organisations that deserve recognition, and the process of selecting these inaugural recipients involved a lot of difficult decisions. Those who nominated candidates not selected this year should not be disappointed; there’s always next year, when we may also introduce more categories.

Read more: Disabled Shooting Awards 2013

26th October 2013

The DSP's exploratory workshop conference on how target shooting can cater for people with intellectual disabilities was extremely interesting and useful.  An article about it is in Major Events

Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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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.  

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.
More information

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.