We are sad to announce the death of Terry Luxton, a longterm member of the Target SASU.
Terry provided Archery and Airrfile training to numerous scouts and cubs over the last fifteen years and will be remembered by his enthusiasm in teaching young people.
Scout Target Team in action at North Devon Special Olympics Day
The Target Team from North Devon Scouts were in action at the North Devon Special Olympics Day organised by Active Devon on the 6th December at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple.
The Special Olympics programme caters for people with learning difficulties and may also include additional physical disabilities which have to be taken into account.
The Team were helping participants take part in 10m target shooting using the new Hammili RedDot laser systems loaned by British Shooting regional organiser Georgina Gelkes.
Over 20 people took part in the three hour session and all went away smiling. Each person who took part had different needs which needed to be assessed and accommodated and it was a steep learning curve for the coaching team of Terry Luxton, Steve Spears and Andy Bowman.
At times, this involved all three instructors supporting one person, each dealing with a different aspect so that the individual succeeded in getting on the target.
The use of the computer allowed them to see their success and many photos were taken of the resultant screens
Using Bluetooth to link the Reddot Target system greatly helped in setting up the range doing away with a lot of wires and the team are getting to grips with the software. which is in German. They are already thinking of how to improve the experience including the use of data projection to allow spectators to see what is happening as used in the Olympics
If you are interested in looking at this system it will be at the Devon Squad Event on the 10th Jan at Okehampton RC.
British Shooting Development Programme
British Shooting are working with clubs, groups and other partners to provide inclusive opportunities for people to come and try target shooting.
They have recently appointed Development Activators in the North and South of England – Sam Sanderson and Gorgs Geikie respectfully. “I’m really excited to be supporting Liz Davidson (National Development Manager) and the whole British Shooting team to develop rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting across the country.
After competing at the 2012 Olympics, I’ve continued shooting as well as thoroughly enjoyed being able to give back to the sport that I love, from the grassroots upwards,” says Gorgs.
The few key areas the British Shooting Development team are building, are encouraging greater inclusive participation, developing & sharing coaching knowledge and supporting clubs/groups etc. In order to achieve this, the development team are always looking for coaches, helpers and enthusiastic individuals across the country who are interested in being involved with different projects across the country. “We need some help on the ground,” explains Gorgs, “there’s a whole host of shooting knowledge out there that can help the sport move forwards. We just need to share this to build a greater shooting-knowledgeable-workforce.”
Andy Bowman of the North Devon Scouts did just this, and has been an outstanding help to British Shooting and the NSRA. One example was running shooting taster sessions at the Devon Special Olympics, which provided have-a-go target shooting sessions as well as information on how the participants could continue in the sport. Brian Hunt and Bruce Harvey from the Devon Scouts are starting to add their shooting knowledge to a new Opportunity Club based at Hannah’s Seale Hayne. Target shooting is one of the activities available to people of all abilities at the fortnightly club. Brian and Bruce will be great assets to this project as it grows and builds momentum.
British Shooting are also keen to provide more opportunities for junior competitions in 2015 & beyond. This is one aspect that Gorgs is in full support of and really hopes the scouts will get involved in these. You never know who might become our next Olympian…
Please keep in contact with the British Shooting website (www.britishshooting.org.uk) for news, club/group support and much more about what’s happening. For example, currently