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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Blair Atholl SBRC Non-shooters Shoot 2004

Extract from The Rifleman, Winter 2004/05 issue

About 20 years ago The Rifleman carried a report of a "Non-shooters Shoot".  It sounded interesting and we organized one as a "come and sample what we do" exercise.  Enquiries several months later suggested we should do it again, so it became a popular local event that has taken place annually ever since.  

Initially it just covered its cost, until some 16 years ago a modest profit was planned with any surplus going to some worthy local cause.  For example, donations have gone to the Youth Club, the Old Folks' Christmas Party, a doctor's surgery equipment, a church building appeal, and many others.  

Several years ago, a local young man was very badly injured in an accident.  He was in hospital 60 miles away for a long time, and a fund was set up to help Colin and his family.  That year our money went to the "Colin Farron Fund".

Colin is making slow progress, and this year he decided he would like to shoot in the Non-shooters Shoot and, as a "thank you", raise some extra money for the rifle club through sponsorship.  Much of his right side is paralysed, but his left eye works and he has partial use of his left arm.  Nevertheless, he shot, and in the process raised the magnificent sum of £760 for the club's Improvement Fund.  

Helped by medical skill and a supportive family, Colin's determination provides an outstanding example of what can be done when one really wants to do it.  

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