Inspired to give Air Weapons a try after Rio 2016, mature student Helen Legge came to SportsAble and was quickly talent spotted by the GB team. She is now on a development pathway, training regularly at SportsAble.
MORE ABOUT AIR WEAPONS AT SportsAble
Lots of keen shooters take part each week in the air weapons section using both pellet firing rifles or pistols. The section boasts world champions and novice members alike and once you’ve tried the sport you are hooked.
Air weapons takes place in the main hall at SportsAble where we have world class facilities to ensure that each week the shooters are practising and improving and preparing for competitions.
SportsAble has a superb 10m indoor rifle range that is fully equipped with targets, target changers, special lighting and everything that you need to enjoy this compelling sport.
SportsAble is also proud to offer two shooting ranges for visually impaired people. Assistance is given through this audio device and also from our regular volunteers.
Novices are always welcome – and they will soon pick-up the basics and get support from others – and in a few short years they can go on to great things, such as representing the country on the international scene.
Learning the sport in her early teens at SportsAble is the now world champion gold medallist Georgina Callingham. Georgie recently equalled the world record of shooting a ‘perfect 600’ shooting as an individual within the GB team in category R5 at 10 m using a rifle, prone, in the SH2 mixed category. She represented Team GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Another recent success is Jim Conway who won gold in the Veterans International Competition and Rob Lowe, a profoundly hearing impaired marksman represented Great Britain at the Deaflympics in Sofia in 2013.
There is a huge range of achievements at county level as well. This includes Bhawesh Patel who won every round in his first ever competition in the Middlesex Postal Shoot. Bhawesh joined SportsAble several years ago following rehabilitation from a serious car accident which left him with impaired mobility and communication difficulties.
Our coaches and volunteers work hard to ensure our members enjoy shooting as they help them to achieve their potential. And the sport isn’t as scary as it sounds – all you need is a bit of motivation and to the patience to learn the technical knowledge and you’ll soon learn to love shooting and have fun.
Proof that learning a new sport can benefit other areas of one’s life and help newly disabled people cope with their lives and learn to be confident again is to be found within the Air Weapons section.
After being motivated to try the sport one man found that he learned to concentrate again and that this renewed skill improved other areas of his life such as playing the clarinet and the saxophone!
And one young woman, who has been disabled for less than a year, excels at blind shooting and shows tremendous spirit and determination.