British Shooting, with the help of our fantastic home nation shooting bodies, had the pleasure of showcasing its sport at four of the British Paralympic Association's carnivals across the country throughout September.
The exciting one day events were open to the general public free of charge, where people could participate and have-a-go at laser rifle and pistol shooting with the help of skilled volunteers from local shooting clubs.
With nearly 1000 people in attendance, the carnival proved to be an excellent opportunity for attendees with all levels of abilities and disabilities to experience shooting for the first time.
With the help of four Disability Hub Clubs including Disabled Shooting Great Britain, Centurions, Shootability Norfolk and Fareham, the event was greatly received by the public and we may have even found some future Olympians with many participants feeling inspired to continue their shooting experience by signing up to a hub club.
On Saturday 3rd September, we held the carnival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - which was buzzing with activity and excitement thought the whole day. London 2012 Paralympian Adam Fontain made a guest appearance to help make the day a great success.
Following the London event, the carnival moved to Cardiff where the shooting presence was led by the Welsh Target Shooting Federation, along with local shooting clubs and scout volunteers. Spanning over two days.
The final leg of the the tour was in Edinburgh on Saturday 18th September. Willie McAulay and Steve Abbott from Alloa and District Rifle Club, as well as Tim and Jess Liddon from Cumberland News Rifle Club helped manage the shooting presence for the day.
One of the participants was Paralympic cyclist Aileen McGlynn who thoroughly enjoyed her experience shooting and even expressed and interest in pursuing the sport by connecting with a local Disability Hub Club.
British Shooting directly delivered the events in England and worked in partnership with Scottish Target Shooting (STS) and Welsh Target Shooting Federation (WTSF) to coordinate the events in Scotland and Wales respectfully. The NSRA supported volunteer recruitment for the English events.
Gorgs Geikie, Events Manager for British Shooting, said: "We were thrilled with the turnout at all the events and hope we have helped to inspire more people to get involved with out sport.
"Being able to coordinate the Cardiff and Edinburgh events with WTSF and STS respectfully was a great help and ensured we maximised the Rio buzz in those areas.
"I'd also like to thank all the volunteers and DSGB Paralympic athletes who helped deliver the events. A special mention must also go to STF who made a donation to the two clubs who volunteered as a thanks for getting involved.”