Sport-by-sport - Disability Shooting
|Chairman||Jean Stone MBE|
|Chief Executive||James Marsh Brown FRICS|
|Performance Director||Pasan Kularatne MSc|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£2,085,000|
|London 2012 Performance||1 Silver, 2 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Performance Programme||21|
|Past Performances||Paralympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Gold (1) - Matt Skelhon|
|National governing body||Disability Target Shooting Great Britain Holdings Limited|
“The funding has enabled me to attend lengthy and frequent training camps as well as International competitions. Thank you National Lottery. Without this funding I would not be where I am today - a member of the prestigious 2012 ParalympicsGB Team.”
Paralympic Shooting squad member Mandy Pankhurst
Disability shooting was boosted by a significant increase in its funding from £576,912 to more than £2million for London 2012, reflecting the medal potential within the sport for the home Games.
Matt Skelhon won gold in the 10 metre air-rifle prone in Beijing including a world record perfect score of 600 in qualifying. He has been on UK Sport’s World Class Performance Programme since 2008 and has been selected again for the London Paralympics.
With support from UK Sport’s Major Events team, Britain has now hosted two IPC World Cup events at Stoke Mandeville (in 2010 and 2011). The events involved the world’s best disabled shooters, with 10 metre target shooting in both rifle and pistol disciplines. The event gave British athletes the opportunity to compete on home soil, along with crucial experience for volunteers, officials and classifiers.
Three disability shooting coaches, including the sport’s Performance Director, have benefitted from the Paralympic Coaching Development Initiative – an intervention specifically designed to support performance coaches from Paralympic sports.
The UK Sport Research and Innovation team has worked with athletes to develop a more stable shooting platform solution to improve their chances.
Further collaboration with the sport and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) has also been delivered to assist in access to medical support, and work on the longer term vision for the sport in terms of engagement with Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) services.
In the run up to London, UK Sport has also worked with the sport to identify and train new classifiers.
Did You Know?
Much of the Disability Shooting programme is based at Stoke Mandeville – the birthplace of the Paralympic Games