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.
1st/2nd March 2014 - Aldersley
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.
This year the routine was varied on Saturday by a visit from a BBC Radio 4 crew, recording material for an excellent feature on the In Touch programme, subsequently broadcast on 4th March.
Sadly, there were no Junior competitors this year; we hope that the current surge in enquiries about blind/VI shooting will lead to more youngsters taking up this discipline and competing for the trophy in 2015.
There were six contenders in the free-standing class, and again it would be good to see more shooters taking this up.
Class A and Supported Champion - Carol Brown, Okehampton Smallbore Club - 598 (44x)
Class B - James Coulton, Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club - 575 (17x)
Class C - M Harris, Blackburn Acoustic Airgun Club - 559 (14x)
Free-standing Champion - Michael Whapples, Holwell Rifle Club - 587 (36x)
At the AGM which was held at lunchtime on Sunday, the provisional rules for domestic blind/VI shooting were adopted. They will be used throughout 2014, then reviewed and finalised for formal adoption at the 2015 meeting.
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.