British Blind Shooting Championships 2020

Image shows a group of people at an indoor shooting range. It shows a man in a wheelchair on a platform holding a rifle and a group of men next to him all surrounding another man with a rifle.

Located centrally in England the NSRA's West Midlands ranges at Aldersley Wolverhampton once again welcomed blind and visually impaired shooters from across the UK.

Competitors from Aberdeen to St Austell in Cornwall and Dublin in Eire to Grantham in Lincolnshire took part in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere.

The firing points, with their special configurations for EcoAims and Swarovski sight systems, were set up by Range Manager Tony Taylor and his local team of volunteers together with Charlie Blow, an NSRA Trustee, and Paul Holdstock of Cheadle RPC.

Image shows people at an indoor shooting range. They are watching one man shoot who is stood on a platform to increase his height, The Clubs represented at the event were Hereford, Okehampton, Bon Accord (Aberdeen), Somerset, Blackburn, St Austell, Tubslake, Holwell, East Barnett, Grantham and Helston together with a competitor from Dublin competing in his first Blind/VI competition.

The British Championship was a close run match. On the Sunday of this two day event Carol Brown of Okehampton put up a score of 598 ex 600 closely followed by Ali Burt of Bon-Accord with a score of 593 however these two performances were overshadowed by Matthew Horspool of Hereford who only dropped one point to win the Championship with a score of 599 ex 600.

Image shows two men stood next to eachother and smiling at the camera- one is visually impaired and holding a medal and a trophy. The other is the NSRA chairman.
Photos by Paul Holdstock

The various trophies were presented in the afternoon by John Lloyd, the Chairman of NSRA.

Acoustic rifle shooting continues to expand in the UK under the guidance of Charlie Blow, who took on the challenge following the death last year of Ken Nash, British Blind Sport Chairman, who had previously promoted acoustic shooting for many years.

A new competition is being set up for September 12th this year details of which will be circulated to all Blind/VI clubs soon.

John Lloyd