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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Profiles of air rifle shooters who use acoustic aiming equipment because they have lost their sight.

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Davey Geater

Disability: Loss of vision following head injury

Davey's story was published by Tunbridge Wells People in August 2012:

Tubslake Shooting Club, in Hawkhurst, is one of only 24 clubs throughout the UK with facilities for non-sighted people to try out target shooting.

Davey Geater travels from Newhaven every two weeks to shoot at the club's range.  The 31-year-old, who lost his sight after suffering a severe head injury in a work accident in 2004, said: "I have been shooting all my life, before I was blind.  My dad was always into it and I used to go with him. I always loved it."

He said joining the shooting club was very important to him, adding: "It has been amazing, it has meant so much to me. It's somewhere I can go and shoot without anyone moaning at me.  It's one more thing for me to do. Having this to do is another thing to take my mind off things."

Mr Geater said he was already getting into the swing of his new sport, having hit a bullseye a few weeks ago.

Tubslake Shooting Club caters for three blind shooters and has 26 sighted members.  Club secretary Granville Davies said he hoped blind shooting would one day be recognised as a Paralympic event, adding: "It should be included in the Paralympics.  I have no doubt it will eventually figure, but you need a body of men and women who can shoot well enough to reach the Paralympic standard."

Ken Nash, vice-chairman of the National Small-bore Rifle Association, said the sport gives people a "great sense of achievement", adding: "It's not an easy sport. It requires a lot of dedication, but people of every level are catered for."

Joe Stinton

Disability: Loss of vision due to septicaemia

The story of Joe Stinton's journey into acoustic target shooting in Helston, Cornwall, is told and illustrated by photographer Samuel Moore and can be found on his blog.   

Brian Taylor

Disability: Age-related macular degeneration

Brian's story is part of an article on the Blind Veterans UK website

Brian was born in Brighton in 1933 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) for National Service in February 1954. Based in Germany, he worked as a driver for the Commanding Officer, an experience he thoroughly enjoyed.  Brian says: "Doing National Service was a great experience; I made a great many friends, one of whom I remained friends with for many years, until he died just three years ago. Being the driver to the Commanding Officer took me to very interesting places, such as the Hanover Opera and various parties."

Unfortunately Brian, who now lives at Peacehaven, East Sussex, lost his sight as a result of suffering from Age Related Macular Degeneration. As a veteran, he was able to receive the support of national charity Blind Veterans UK, which supports blind veterans regardless of when they served or how they lost their sight.  

Brian says: "Being a member of Blind Veterans UK has changed my life. When I lost my sight I became depressed, but ever since joining the charity I have been able to try things I would never have tried otherwise, and meet people I would never have had the chance to meet.  For example I was always nervous about trying boules, but now I play it regularly with the other blind veterans at Blind Veterans UK's Brighton centre.  I had always wanted to try rifle shooting, and through the charity I have been able to. I am now a member of the charity's Gun Club which has gone very well and been a lot of fun.  In the time I have been there I have won four or five gold medals in different competitions."

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