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.Read More
Vic 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.
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.
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.
To solve this problem, we are now launching two on-line surveys.
Please help us to help both disabled people and our sport - take a few minutes to complete one or both of these surveys, and encourage as many other people as you can to do so. The map for each survey shows where responses have come from - we are hoping that they fill up very quickly!
Both surveys will remain permanently on this website, so as more people join your club, or if you make contact with other clubs, please encourage them to take part.
We know that there is very little information about target shooting "out there" in the world of quangos, local authorities, disability organisations, etc. whose job it is to promote and develop sport for people with disabilities. From time to time they also conduct surveys, and this is a very good way of flagging up to them the existence of our sport, and just how well it caters for disabilities. Information about and links to such surveys are available in Other Surveys, so please have a look to see if any of them are relevant to you or your club/shooting ground.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
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.
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.
Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting? Check out the extensive Funding section on this site.
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.
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.