"Nerves of steel and the ability to maintain high levels of concentration..."
Target Shooting is a sport for all. If you want to excel in this discipline, you'll need nerves of steel and the ability to maintain high levels of concentration.
Age is not a barrier to being an elite shooter – at London 2012 an athlete won a medal at the age of 54.
Shooting has two classification groups:
- SH1 shooters usually have a lower limb disability and shoot a rifle or pistol without assistance.
- SH2 shooters have an upper limb disability so use a shooting stand to support a rifle.
There are 12 Paralympic events; three men’s, three women’s, and six mixed, split between Air and .22 categories. Air events are shot over 10m whilst .22 events are shot over 25 or 50m.
All competitions comprise a qualifying round with the top eight scoring athletes advancing to a ten-shot final.
Elite Shooting for impaired athletes is practiced in over 50 countries around the world and there are world cups, European and world championships. Disabled shooters also compete domestically in non-disabled competitions.
Since Shooting gained Paralympic status, British shooters have consistently won medals. At London 2012, GB won one silver and two bronze medals and shot three equal world records in this highly competitive sport where success is measured in fractions of a millimetre.
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History of Shooting
History of Shooting
Shooting targets with rifles, pistols and shot-guns dates back to the middle ages and records of shooting competitions taking place in Europe go back to as early as the 11th century.
The sport of shooting didn’t develop until the 19th century, when the equipment was refined and shooting federations and clubs were established around the globe.
Shooting was part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens before the first world championships took place the following year in France.
The world association for shooting, originally named ‘Union Internationale des Federation et Associations de Tir,’ (UIT) was formed in 1907 by eight national federations and was in 1998 renamed the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF).
Shooting has been a Paralympic sport since the Games in Toronto in 1976 and now is actively practised at an elite level in 51 countries around the world.
Classification was originally a disability-orientated system but in 1980 the program changed to a functional classification system, which resulted in the number of classes being reduced from three to five.