A British Shooting Talent Assessment day for the World Class Programme (Paralympic) took place in October and welcomed some strong emerging talent.
Expressions of interest were requested from our network of ‘Disability Hub Clubs’ and referrals from ‘Discover Your Gold’ (a multi-sport talent identification campaign) and 12 shooters were invited to attend a talent assessment day at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
The purpose of the day was to identify shooters who fit the profile to be able to access and benefit from one of the programmes underpinning the Paralympic Programme Pathway. The assessment delivered a comprehensive programme of skills evaluation, classification assessment and lifestyle interview.
Following the assessment four shooters were invited to take part in Paralympic Programme Pathway programmes, two of which are members of Disability Hub Clubs – Aled Griffiths from Budleigh Farm and Liza Chapman from Hurn Rifle and Pistol Club. Congratulations to these shooters and the clubs that support them.
The aim of the of the Disability Hub Club scheme is to develop a network of clubs with the twofold ambition of growing the numbers of disabled people enjoying our sport and creating better linkage between the clubs themselves and the World Class Performance Programme. We are thankful to the expertise and efforts of the clubs within this network to help create the next generation of Paralympic shooters.
British Shooting are currently recruiting new Disability Hub Clubs to widen the exiting network and would welcome expressions of interest from new clubs. In addition to links with the World Class Programme (Paralympic) Hub Clubs also receive an invitation to the annual Disability Hub Club workshop, information on club development opportunities and support in the development of new local partnerships.