Report on UAE World Cup - 11 finals and 3 medals from 4 athletes for GB

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Report on UAE World Cup - 11 finals and 3 medals from 4 athletes for GB

Great Britain’s Ryan Cockbill won Gold in R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2) at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup Al Ain in the UAE. His final score of 255.5 was a new world record after changes to the number of shots in the single position events were introduced for 2017.

Cockbill qualified second with a score of 636.0 and shot three 10.9s in the elimination stages to see off young Swedish shooter Philip Jonsson and Ukraine’s Paralympic champion Vasyl Kovalchuk.

Two of those perfect scores came in the second elimination round as it appeared Cockbill would ease past his rivals.

However Jonsson (254.3) had other ideas and brought himself to within 0.2 of the British athlete. He maintained that position for one more round, but a slip in the fifth proved to be costly and allowed Cockbill to advance to the top of the podium with the help of another 10.9.

Cockbill also took Silver in R4 (10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2), qualifying third with a score of 630.8 and moved up a place in the final, only finishing behind Kuwait's Atef Aldousari who took Gold.

Lambert shot an international PB of 575 to qualify for the R8 (50m Rifle 50m Three Positions Women SH1) final tied at the top with Paralympic champion Veronika Vadivicova. The Slovak came out on top in the final but Paralympic finalist Lambert will be pleased with the Silver medal and heartened that the gap has closed since Rio. Mandy Pankhurst qualified fifth and finished fourth in the final.

Lambert also made the final of the R3 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) competition, breaking the 630 mark for the first time ever at a World Cup. Her 630.6 was good enough to qualify in sixth and she finished fifth in the final, with Vadivicova again taking Gold.

Lambert made it four finals from four events as she qualified 3rd in R6 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) and 8th in R2 (10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1). She could not add to her medal tally as she finished 5th In R6 and 7th in R2. Mandy Pankhurst qualified 7th in R2, finishing 8th, and 18th in R6.

Stewart Nangle made the final in all three of his events, P1 (10m Air Pistol Men SH1) P3 (25m Pistol Mixed SH1) and P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1). He qualified top in P1 with a 562 but was eliminated in the final in 4th position. In P3 he qualified sixth and maintained that position in the final. He qualified fourth and finished 6th in P4.

Performance Director and Head Coach Pasan Kularatne said: “The Rio Paralympic Games were a real disappointment for us as we knew we had several athletes capable of winning medals. We have worked very hard over the winter and I am delighted for Ryan and Lorraine that their dedication has paid off with world class performances. Ryan missed both finals in the Games by one place but winning his first ever R5 Gold medal by beating the Paralympic Champion is a great start to the Tokyo cycle”.

DSGB CEO James Marsh Brown said: “As I am due to retire at the end of March I am particularly pleased to see that the squad is back in top gear and preforming at the highest level. The excellent achievement of both the shooters and the support staff in achieving 11 places in finals, one Gold medal for Ryan and two silver medals one for Ryan and one for Lorraine give the best demonstration to our stakeholders that despite our performance at Rio the Squad is still a top performer on the International Circuit. It has been a great honour for me to have been able to work with such a great bunch of guys and girls over the past eight years and I wish them all the very best for the next Paralympic cycle under the management of British Shooting.”

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Cockbill adds R5 Gold as GB finish UAE World Cup with three medals

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Cockbill adds R5 Gold as GB finish UAE World Cup with three medals

Great Britain’s Ryan Cockbill added to his R4 Silver with Gold in R5 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2). His score of 255.5 was a new world record after changes to the number of shots in the single position events were introduced for 2017.

Cockbill shot three 10.9s in the elimination stages and saw off young Swedish shooter Philip Jonsson and Ukraine’s Paralympic champion Vasyl Kovalchuk.

Two of those perfect scores came in the second elimination round as it appeared Cockbill would ease past his rivals.

However Jonsson (254.3) had other ideas and brought himself to within .2 of the British athlete. He maintained that position for one more round, but a slip in the fifth proved to be costly and allowed Cockbill to advance to the top of the podium with the help of another 10.9.

Kovalchuk’s (232.2) challenge ended after he lost his early lead. He settled for bronze.

Lorraine Lambert had won R8 Silver earlier in the competition which meant GB's total in the competition was three medals and 11 finals places from four athletes. The next competition will be a Grand Prix in Poland in April followed by Hannover in May.

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R4 Silver for Cockbill as GB continue to make finals

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R4 Silver for Cockbill as GB continue to make finals

Ryan Cockbill took Silver in R4 (10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2) to get off to a medal winning start in the 2017 season.

Cockbill qualified 3rd with a score of 630.8 and moved up a place in the final, only finishing behind Kuwait's Atef Aldousari who took Gold. Cockbill goes again on Monday in R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2).

Lorraine Lambert made it four finals from four events as she qualified 3rd in R6 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1)  and 8th in R2 (10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1). She could not add to her medal tally as she finished 5th In R6 and 7th in R2. Mandy Pankhurst qualified 7th in R2, finishing 8th, and 18th in R6.

Stewart Nangle also made the final in every event he had competed in, qualifying fourth and finishing 6th in P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1).

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Lambert takes Silver in UAE

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Lambert takes Silver in UAE

Lorraine Lambert won a Silver medal behind multiple Paralympic Gold medallist Veronika Vadivicova at the World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in the UAE.

Lambert shot an international PB of 575 to qualify for the R8 (50m Rifle 50m Three Positions Women SH1) final tied at the top with Vadivicova. The Slovak came out on top in the final but Paralympic finalist Lambert will be heartened that the gap has closed since Rio. Mandy Pankhurst qualified fifth and finished fourth in the final.

Lambert also made the final of the R3 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) competition, breaking the 630 mark for the first time ever at a World Cup. Her 630.6 was good enough to qualify in sixth and she finished fifth in the final, with Vadivicova again taking Gold.

Stewart Nangle made the final in both P1 (10m Air Pistol Men SH1) and P3 (25m Pistol Mixed SH1). He qualified top in P1 with a 562 but was eliminated in the final in 4th position. In P3 Nangle qualified sixth and maintained that position in the final. He will shoot again in P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1) on the 26th February.

Ryan Cockbill is the other GB shooter out in the UAE and will be shooting both SH2 10m events.

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Paralympic World Class Programme joins British Shooting

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Paralympic World Class Programme joins British Shooting

British Shooting and Disability Shooting Great Britain (DSGB) are delighted to announce the imminent transfer of the Paralympic World Class Programme to British Shooting.

From 1st April 2017, both the Olympic and Paralympic world class programmes will operate under the same organisation bringing greater scope for collaboration, integration and even more progress than has been achieved in recent years.

With the support of UK Sport, the two organisations have been working closely for some months to bring about a smooth transition. With the onset of the new Olympic and Paralympic cycles, the timing couldn’t be better to take target shooting to the next level. UK Sport has announced two funding awards to British Shooting for the period 2017-2021 with awards specifically for the Olympic and Paralympic programmes.

John Harris, Chairman of British Shooting, welcomed the move, stating: “I am personally delighted to welcome our colleagues from DSGB into British Shooting.

"We have made huge strides over the last four years in terms of the governance of British Shooting and this move represents a logical and timely progression. More importantly, I really do feel that both world class programmes can share knowledge and experience for mutual benefit, such that we can embark on the Tokyo cycle with genuine expectation of improvement, and ultimately, medal success.

"I would also like to give credit to the DSGB for its stewardship of the Paralympic programme in recent years.”

Pasan Kularatne, Performance Director (Paralympic), welcomed the move, saying: "I am very pleased that the Paralympic World Class Programme will be joining British Shooting. With our combined knowledge, experience and desire to succeed, both programmes will be in a stronger position to contend for medals in Tokyo.

"I would like to acknowledge the tireless support over many years from DSGB that have enabled the Programme to reach this level. We look forward to the next step in our journey."

Hamish McInnes, CEO, said: “I can’t wait to welcome Pasan and his team into British Shooting, and we are genuinely excited by the opportunities this move affords us.

"I am sure that our world class programmes will continue to go from strength to strength under Steven Seligmann and Pasan Kularatne, and that we can also enhance the pathway development underpinning our Olympic and Paralympic aspirations for years to come."

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World Class Coaching Vacancies in British Shooting

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World Class Coaching Vacancies in British Shooting

Are you a world class coach who can lead a team of coaches and athletes to deliver world leading performances as part of our inspirational World Class system?

We are looking for people with internationally recognised coaching qualifications, experienced in designing and delivering a high performance culture who can release the potential of our coaches and athletes and achieve medal success and beyond.

If you have the desire and passion to achieve world class acclaim in your coaching we would love to hear from you.

British Shooting’s purpose is to develop world leading people to deliver world leading performances. Supported by the National Lottery and UK Sport funding we aim to deliver an inspirational world-class system that releases potential, drives sustained medal success and takes us beyond expectations.

As part of a new performance structure, British Shooting is looking to appoint a full time/ contract for the following roles:

Paralympic Rifle Performance Coach
To work with the coaches, management and support staff in the British Shooting Paralympic WCP to deliver coaching services to Podium and Podium Potential athletes on the Performance Pathway. Through this service, to positively influence athlete development and performance in both training and competition with the intention of producing athletes capable of winning Gold medals at a Paralympic Games.  In addition, to take on roles as required at competitions and to be involved in talent recruitment and development activity where required.

Job title: Performance Coach – Rifle (Paralympic)
Responsible to: British Shooting Performance Director (Paralympic)
Responsible for: World Class Programme – Rifle (Paralympic)
Commitment: Full time/ contract for services (tbc)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Contract period: April 2017 – March 2021
Download job brief here

Olympic Rifle Performance Coach
The role will be to lead the delivery of an inspirational coaching programme to athletes identified on the WCP and GBR teams that enables athletes to deliver medal success at major internationals, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.
The WCP & GB Head Coach will operate within the GB Performance Pathway, supporting and developing male and female athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They will also lead, inform and support the implementation of the British Shooting performance strategy and develop a unified high performance culture that is focused on becoming world leading,.

Job title: World Class Programme and GBR Head Coach – Rifle (Olympic)
Responsible to: British Shooting Performance Director (Olympic)
Responsible for: World Class Programme and GBR Teams – Rifle (Olympic)
Commitment: Full time/ contract for services (tbc)
Remuneration package: Competitive salary and benefits offered
Contract period: April 2017 – March 2021
Download job brief here

Olympic Shotgun Performance Coach
The GBR Performance Coach will operate principally within the WCP and GBR Performance Pathway, supporting and developing male and female athletes and coaches as part of a multi-disciplinary team. They will also lead, inform and support the implementation of the British Shooting performance strategy and develop a unified high performance culture that is focused on becoming world leading.

Job title: GBR Performance Coach – Shotgun (Olympic)
Responsible to: British Shooting Performance Director (Olympic)
Responsible for: identified WCP/ GBR Performance Pathway athletes and identified discipline GBR Team (s) – Shotgun (Olympic)
Commitment: Full time/ contract for services (tbc)
Remuneration package: Competitive salary and benefits offered
Contract period: April 2017 – March 2018 and to then be reviewed for April 2018 – March 2021
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Skelhon sets record in qualification but finishes 7th in final

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Skelhon sets record in qualification but finishes 7th in final

Great Britain finished the Rio 2016 shooting programme without a medal as Matt Skelhon finished 7th in R6 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) and Stewart Nangle finished 8th in P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1).

Skelhon shot a new Paralympic Record of 622.5 to top qualification but could not sustain those standards in the final where a below par second and third series saw him be the second athlete eliminated. Cuiping Zhang of China won her second Gold medal 0.3 ahead of Abdulla Alaryani of the UAE.

Nangle finished strongly in P4 qualification to qualify 7th with a score of 522 but was first out in the final. Another female athlete was victorious in a mixed event with Iran's Sareh Javanmardidodmani adding to her P2 title.

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Lorraine Lambert fifth in R8 final while R5 trio agonisingly miss out

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Lorraine Lambert fifth in R8 final while R5 trio agonisingly miss out

Lorraine Lambert was 2nd in the R8 (50m Rifle 3 positions Women SH1) final after the kneeling and prone components but slipped back to finish 5th as China's Cuiping Zhang denied Veronika Vadivicova a third Gold of the Games.

Lambert had qualified in 6th place with a score of 560. Karen Butler was in 15th after struggling with her standing series.

Vasyl Kovalchuk of Ukraine dominated the R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2) with a Paralympic record in both qualification and finals. GB had high hopes with James Bevis and Tim Jeffery having won Gold at Paralympic Qualifier World Cups in 2015 and holding the Team World record with Ryan Cockbill. It was not to be as Cockbill and Jeffery just missed the final in 9th and 10th place respectively. 2012 Bronze medallist Bevis could not recover from a poor start and ended up 32nd.

On the previous day in P3 (25m Pistol Mixed SH1) Stewart Nangle was in a good position after the precision qualification but finished in 11th after the rapid element. Nangle will compete in his final discipline of P4 as Matt Skelhon, Lorraine Lambert and Karen Butler will take on R6 on the final day of competition.

 

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GB athletes miss out on finals in R3 and R4

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GB athletes miss out on finals in R3 and R4

GB did not get any athletes into finals in a disappointing day at the Range in Deodoro.

In the R3 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) event 2008 Gold and 2012 Silver medalist Matt Skelhon missed out on the final by a tiny margin.

Only 0.4 points separated 7th and 11th with Skelhon in 11th with a score of 632.1 from his sixty shots. In the final Veronika Vadivicova of Slovakia grabbed her second Gold of the Games. She will be a big threat to World Record holder Skelhon in his favoured R6 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) later in the Games.

In R4 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2) Ryan Cockbill and Richard Davies could not transfer their sparkling 2016 form into the Games finishing 9th and 11th respectively. Both were agonisingly close with Cockbill 0.1 points behind 8th place and Davies 0.4. Davies Games are now over while Cockbill and James Bevis, who finished in 18th, will go again in R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2).

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Stewart Nangle 6th and Issy Bailey 14th on Paralympic debuts

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Stewart Nangle 6th and Issy Bailey 14th on Paralympic debuts

Issy Bailey finished a creditable 14th on her Paralympic debut in P2 (10m Air Pistol Women SH1). Stewart Nangle made the final in P1 (10m Air Pistol Men SH1), finishing 6th.

Bailey, the youngest competitor in the field by six years, scored 359 from her 40 shots. Her PB of 375 would have been enough to qualify for the final but with many more Games ahead of her she will doubtless use the experience to come back stronger. The Gold medal was won by indisputably the finest female Paralympic pistol shooter Sareh Javadmardidodmani of Iran.

Nangle will be disappointed not to build on his 4th place in qualification but reaching the final in a field of 49 competitors was a fine achievement in itself. China's Chao Yang took the Gold. Nangle will have further chances to impress in P3 and P4.

 

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Paralympic shooting starts with R2 and R1

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Paralympic shooting starts with R2 and R1

GB did not win any medals on Day one of the Games but Lorraine Lambert, Karen Butler and Owen Burke will all be looking to the 50m events for their best chance of glory.

The first event of the Games was R2 (10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1). Five time Paralympian Karen Butler (pictured) and debutant Lorraine Lambert finished 14th and 15th in qualification respectively to miss out on the final. Slovakia's Veronika Vadivicova won Gold after a closely fought contest with China's Cuping Zhang. Both will be strong competitors for medals in R3, R6 and R8.

Owen Burke did not finish his qualification in R1 (10m Air Rifle Standing Men SH1) and will be looking to make amends in R7 (50m Rifle 3 Position Men SH1) later in the Games.

Action continues on the 9th September with the air pistol events, Stewart Nangle and Issy Bailey will both be getting their first taste of the Paralympic atmosphere.

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DSGB athletes fly to Paralympic Games

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DSGB athletes fly to Paralympic Games

The full DSGB squad of athletes, coaches and support staff flew to Rio yesterday to acclimatise to the conditions and begin pre-event training.

The squad traveled straight to the Paralympic Village to be allocated their accommodation and find their bearings.

After a days R&R they will begin pre-event training at the Olympic Range in Deodoro. The competition starts the day after the Opening Ceremony with women's air rifle standing.

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Tim Jeffery added to ParalympicsGB team for Rio

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Tim Jeffery added to ParalympicsGB team for Rio

DSGB is proud to announce that Tim Jeffery will be joining our Paralympic Team who will be departing for Rio on 31st August. His inclusion comes as a result of representations to IPC earlier this month.

James Marsh Brown, the CEO of Disability Shooting and one of the GB Team Selectors, said “We are delighted with the outcome and wish Tim and all the Team, athletes, coaches and support staff our best wishes. It has been an honour and pleasure to have worked with this band of brothers and sisters who have over the past four years devoted so many hours at training camps to hone their skills. They are now best prepared for the task ahead. All our good wishes go with them.”

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Safeguarding training

Safeguarding training is available for all roles.

For more information on safeguarding training see https://thecpsu.org.uk/training-events/choose-the-right-training/

The basic safeguarding training is the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course, run by sportscoach UK.  Click on this link for information: http://www.sportscoachuk.org/site-tools/workshops/about-our-workshops/safeguarding-and-protecting-children

For those with safeguarding roles, such as shooting grounds/clubs/coaches/team managers, etc, there is also the Time To Listen training, developed by the CPSU and delivered by County Sports Partnerships.  Attached is a list supplied by the CPSU of County Sports Partnerships who run Time to Listen Courses. You need to have completed the Safeguarding and Protecting Children training prior to the Time to Listen course.

The organisations in the this file can deliver Club time to listen training.

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#Discover Your ParaPotential

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#Discover Your ParaPotential

#DiscoverYour Gold

The biggest multi-sport talent identification campaign in British history, #DiscoverYour Gold, aims to identify talented young athletes who have the potential to become future champions.

Over 20 sports are involved in #DiscoverYour Gold, a partnership between UK Sport, the English Institute of Sport (EIS), and a range of National Governing Bodies, targeting 15-24 year olds to be fast-tracked into the exciting world of high performance sport.

#DiscoverYour Gold has five strands, each of which will identify athletes with some specific requirements as detailed below:

• #DiscoverYour Power - speed or power background for: Track Cycling, Skeleton, Canoeing

• #DiscoverYour ParaPotential - sports including: Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming, Para-Cycling and Shooting

• #DiscoverYour Fight - martial arts background for: Judo, Taekwondo, Women’s Boxing

• #DiscoverYour Giant - females taller than 5’10” and males taller than 6’2” for: Rowing, Netball

• #DiscoverYour Freestyle - gymnastic or acrobatic background for: Freestyle Ski and Snowboard

To apply, visit www.uksport.gov.uk/talent

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Ten strong Rio team announced

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Ten strong Rio team announced

Meet the 10 shooters who will compete for ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016, including London 2012 medallists Matt Skelhon and James Bevis.

Issy Bailey, Owen Burke, Lorraine Lambert and Stewart Nangle have impressed in international competition to stake their claim on the team for the first time and are set to make their Paralympic debut in Rio.

Rifle shooters Ryan Cockbill, Richard Davies and Ben Jesson return to the fold for their second Paralympic Games.

Skelhon heads to his third Games as the most decorated athlete on the team, having won gold on his debut at Beijing 2008 and added a silver and bronze medal to the ParalympicsGB tally at London 2012.

"The level of competition is rising and it can all come down to one shot." Matt Skelhon

Speaking today, he said: “Representing your country at a Paralympic Games is such an honour and I’m absolutely delighted to be selected to the team for Rio. It makes all of the hours of training so worthwhile. The level of competition is rising and it can all come down to one shot, so I’ll need to be on top of my game in September.”

“I’ll be urging the public to support me and help Supercharge ParalympicsGB. It means so much to have the public really rooting for us. It makes a difference.”

Karen Butler is the most experienced athlete to make the cut, with four Games appearances already under her belt since she made her debut at Barcelona 1992.

“I’ve had my sights set on Rio from the moment I finished competing at London 2012, so I couldn’t be happier to know I’ve got my place booked on the plane for Rio." Karen Butler

She said: “I’ve had my sights set on Rio from the moment I finished competing at London 2012, so I couldn’t be happier to know I’ve got my place booked on the plane for Rio. The support I’ve had back at home has been incredible and it makes all the difference, I hope I can go out there and make everyone proud.”

Penny Briscoe MBE, ParalympicsGB Chef de Mission for Rio 2016, said:

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome these athletes to ParalympicsGB and would like to congratulate them on their selection to the team. 

“This sport demonstrates incredible strength in depth and all of these athletes have proved themselves by delivering consistent results in international competition, giving us real confidence heading into the Games.”

Team Leader Pasan Kularatne said:

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of years of hard work from these athletes, and I’m very proud of their contribution to this sport. We have enjoyed great success this cycle, with countless World Cup medals but the highlight must be a world title for Matt Skelhon with a World Record score. We know just how high the standard of competition is internationally, so we will make sure we have everything covered in our preparations for the Games.”

Today’s announcement brings the number of selected athletes to a total of 91, across the sports of sailing, judo, table tennis, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball (women’s), swimming and shooting.

Selected athletes (shooting):

Issy Bailey
Home town: Cirencester, Gloucestershire                 
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

James Bevis
Home town: Dawlish, Devon                 
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Owen Burke
Home town: Rhuddlan                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Karen Butler
Home town: Bristol                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Ryan Cockbill
Home town: Walsall, West Midlands                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Richard Davies
Home town: Stourbridge, West Midlands                 
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Ben Jesson
Home town: Crawley, Sussex                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Lorraine Lambert
Home town: Portsmouth, Hants                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

Stewart Nangle
Home town: Bacup, Lancs            
Main training base: Blackburn RPC

Matt Skelhon
Home town: Peterborough                
Main training base: Stoke Mandeville Stadium

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Bevis earns R5 Bronze as Hannover concludes

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Bevis earns R5 Bronze as Hannover concludes

James Bevis claimed Bronze in a fiercely competitive R5 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH2) final at ISCH.

Ryan Cockbill qualified best of the Brits in second place with a mammoth score of 641.7. Serbia's Dragan Ristic bettered that with an enormous 642.8 with a shot average of over 10.7. However neither Cockill or Ristic could take their form into the final as Ukaine's Vasyl Kovalchuk won Gold followed by New Zealand's Michael Johnson. Bevis, who had qualified in 7th showed his class to take bronze. Richard Davies finished 13th in qualification with Tim Jeffery 17th and Sarah Woods 37th.

Lorraine Lambert nearly took her second medal of the competition as she finished 4th in R2 (10m Air Rifle Standing Women SH1) having qualified 7th. Cuiping Zhang of China took Gold ahead of Sloavkia's Veronika Vadivicova. Karen Butler was 12th in qualification with Mandy Pankhurst 15th.

Owen Burke missed out on the final in R1 (10m Air Rifle Standing Men SH1) qualifying in 13th place.

Following the competitions in Poland and Hannover the GB squad for the Paralympic Games will be selected in May and announced on the 10th of June.

 

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Silvers for Skelhon, Nangle and Davies in Hannover

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Silvers for Skelhon, Nangle and Davies in Hannover

Matt Skelhon made up for his disappointment in R6 by claiming the R3 (10m Air Rifle Prone Mixed SH1 title) silver medal while Richard Davies took second place in R4 (10m Air Rifle Standing Mixed SH2) and Stewart Nangle was the runner up in P1 (10m Air Pistol Men SH1).

Skelhon qualified third in a high scoring R3 qualification with 638.2 behind Cuiping Zhang of China and Veronika Vadivicova of Slovakia. He leapfogged both to finish second to China's Dong Chao by just 0.3. Lorraine Lambert just missed the final in 9th while Owen Burke was 16th, Ben Jesson 33rd and Lesley Baldwin 37th.

GB had three representatives in the R4 final and took the Team Gold. Ryan Cockbill was in third, Davies 5th and Tim Jeffery 6th. James Bevis missed the final in 16th place. Cokbill couldn't continue his medal winning form from Poland and finished 4th in the final, Jeffery took Bronze and Davies Silver with only New Zealand's Michael Johnson topping the three Brits.

Stewart Nangle qualified solidly for the P1 final with a score of 563. Sean Young was 30th and Roger Sutton 31st. Nangle opened the final with a 10.7 which set the tone and he continued to shoot well to finish behind Xing Huang of China for a well deserved Silver medal. The previous day Nangle had qualified third in P4 (50m Pistol Mixed SH1) and held his position to take Bronze for his first international medal in the event.

Issy Bailey had her work cut out to reach the P2 (10m Air Pistol Women SH1) final with a first ten shot string of 86. She followed that up with 92, 94 and 91 but it was not enough and she finished in 10th position. Class act Sareh Javanmardidodmani of Iran won the Gold medal.

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Lambert takes R6 silver in Hannover

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Lambert takes R6 silver in Hannover

Lorraine Lambert won her first ever international medal in R6 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH1) in Hannover but World Champion Matt Skelhon missed the final after finishing 9th in qualification.

Lambert qualified for the final in 7th with a score of 614.5 but climbed the rankings in the final finishing ahead of Slovakia's Veronika Vadivicova in Bronze and only 0.5 behind Gold medalist Yan Yaping of China. Skelhon had a bad day at the office as his first twenty shots left him with a mountain to climb he improved as the match went on but 613.1 was not enough. Karen Butler finished 27th, Ben Jesson 30th, Owen Burke 35th, Mandy Pankhurst 45th and Lesley Baldwin 46th. The GB team of Skelhon, Butler and Jesson won Bronze.

Lambert did not make the final in R8 (50m Rifle 3 Positions Women SH1) but Pankhurst did in her first ever international shoot of the event. Pankhurst qualified in 8th with a score of 553 but Lambert in 9th (551) and Butler in 10th (546) missed out. Pankhurst also finished 8th in the final but it was a hugely promising debut in the event. The team took Silver behind China.

Owen Burke was the sole GB representative in R7 (50m Rifle 3 positions Men SH1) and kept up his fine record of making international finals by qualifying in 8th place with a score of 1128. He also finished in 8th in the final.

Finally on the first day of the competition James Bevis stormed to victory in the non-Paralympic event R9 (50m Rifle Prone Mixed SH2). He finished with 622.4 with his closest challenger Pamela Novaglio of Italy on 608.1.

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DSGB saddened by passing of Roy Carter

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DSGB saddened by passing of Roy Carter

DSGB today heard the news that Roy Carter, a pistol shooter who represented GB on many occasions over the past few years, has lost his short battle with cancer.

Roy had most recently competed in the UAE in January and was in training for Rio before his diagnosis earlier this year. A naturally talented shooter, Roy's finest achievement came at the IPC Shooting World Cup USA in November 2015. Having qualified topin P1 (10m Air Pistol Men SH1) with a PB of 573 he went on to earn a bronze medal and a Direct Slot for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Roy was also undisputably the finest P5 shooter in the world, bringing home Gold medal after Gold medal in the non-Paralympic event.

The pistol squad have lost a good friend and colleague. He had a close relationship with coach Vladimir Filimonov who took him from a beginner to a medal winning athlete in a few short years. Roy came to shooting from wheelchair basketball and while he had a love hate relationship with the sport Vlad kept him focused on his performances. Roy was immensely proud to shoot for Great Britain and he represented his country with great dignity.

DSGB send their condolences to Roy's friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all in Disability Shooting Great Britain.

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