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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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DSP Blog

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The DSP blog records some of the topics and issues that crop up in the course of the Project's work. Maintained by Liz Woodall, the DSP Co-ordinator, it is at times a personal view of the progress being made.  Please contact Liz if you have some information that you think might be suitable for inclusion here.

Monday 30th April 2012

On Wednesday the recently-appointed West Midlands Regional Development Manager, Trevor Haynes, is having an introductory meeting for interested parties at Aldersley.  Trevor’s remit for the region is to improve communication, support and develop coaching, work on the benchmarking of clubs, and assist minority group projects.  Most of that obviously chimes very closely with the DSP’s objectives.  Anyway, he’s kindly given me a slot to talk about the DSP, and it’s always helpful to have a captive audience! 

Read more: Spreading the Word Week

Friday 19th April 2012

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Up with the dawn chorus and an early departure for Stoke Mandeville, to visit this year’s Inter Spinal Unit Games (ISUG). 

Steve Snelling, my contact at Wheelpower who organise the event, filled me in on the set up.  All of the 13 spinal injury units in Britain normally take part, sending teams of people who are newly-disabled and at or near the end of their rehabilitation, so nobody comes more than once.  Almost all of the participants are in wheelchairs; just a few are ambulatory. 

Read more: Starting out on the road

Sunday 15th April 2012

Spent today coaching the Dwarf Sport Association people at Aldersley with Barry Dagger (Olympic medallist 1984).  They started getting involved in target shooting about four years ago, and only did it very occasionally.  Then DSAuk found out that it will be included in the World Dwarf Games for the first time in 2013 – and decided that they’d better start taking it a bit more seriously so that they can bring home some medals!  It was only by accident that I found out about their shooting, and went to see them in November with an offer of help, which they accepted. 

Read more: Problem solving

Friday 13th April 2012

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NRA Journal arrived today, and page 53 is full of the NRA’s inaugural Military Adaptive Championships which will take place on 4th July (Queen’s Medals finals day) during the Services Meeting.  This is great news, as it’s the first time the NRA has run a competition specifically for those with disabilities.  I hope it’s a roaring success, and prompts the Association to introduce similar opportunities for shooters who don’t have a services connection. 

Read more: Two nice surprises

Wednesday 12th April 2012

We've had a most stimulating meeting today, working on our bid to Sport England for continued funding after March 2013.  What we are wrestling with is how to prove that the DSP is successful.  It all seems so simple at first glance; as we're working flat out giving information and advice via 'phone and keyboard, attending and organising events, etc., it must all be working.  But what we have to produce are statistics on the number of people and organisations we've helped, in order to prove that it's working.   

Read more: Measuring things

Wednesday 4th April 2012

In the age when the media use IT to rule the world, why is it so difficult to use IT to communicate with the media? 

It has taken a whole day to track down the means of sending e-mails to all the national newspapers, shooting and disability magazines, on-line news sites, etc.  The “Contact Us” links are generally tucked away in a tiny margin at the bottom of each website.  The broadcasters have a different approach – they only provide a “comment” form for e-mails, limited to 1,000 characters, and no means of submitting a news story complete with photos.  I wonder how they get the news that they all push out to the nation when they make it impossible for anyone to send stuff to them!

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

At last I’ve had time to take a look at our launch article in the April issue of Target Shooter on-line magazine (page 67).  It’s come out nicely, so I’m very grateful to the editor Vince Bottomley and his staff.   I see that a lot of the other content of this issue is disabled-friendly, which is great.  Ray Cockayne has contributed a long and highly technical piece on the BeeSting barrel tuner, Andy Dubreuil gets honourable mentions in the write-up on the Portishead ‘Brass Monkey’ shoot, and there’s lots on the disabled-friendly disciplines of F Class and benchrest.  Well worth a read - www.targetshooteronline.com/

Read more: Reading, writing and REMAP

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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.
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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.