INCLUSION OF DISABLED PERSONS IN SPORT SHOOTING

The National Sports Commission in conjunction with Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, invited all Sporting Federations in Fiji to attend a Sports Connect Workshop. The workshop looked at ways in which to promote the inclusion of disabled persons in the various sporting disciplines. The aim was to generate a greater awareness amongst Sporting administrators and organisations on the needs of disabled persons and how to include them in their sport. The SAF Secretary Henry Stephen and SAF Committee Member Quintyn Stephen represented SAF at this workshop on Saturday 22 February and gave the committee a brief report. The committee agreed in principle to include disable persons  in the sport of shooting, and as a first step would extend an open invitation to disabled persons who may be interested in Clay Target and Rifle/Pistol shooting. It was agreed that not all disabled persons would be able to meet the safety criteria involved in the handling of firearms and strict supervision and assistance would be required at all times. Furthermore, the committee agreed that a free "introductory shoot" be offered to any disabled person who was interested and able to use a firearm. The committee agreed to explore the possibility of offering some form of subsidy to disabled members as a means of supporting the inclusion of disabled persons in the sport of shooting.




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