In shooting Para sport events, athletes with physical impairments compete in rifle and pistol events.
Athletes compete in events from distances of 10m, 25m and 50m in men’s, women’s and mixed competition events. The competition format is very similar to that of able-bodied shooting sport – the goal of shooting is to place a series of shots inside the centre ring (‘bullseye’) of the target. The target is comprised of 10 concentric scoring rings with a score grade of 1 to 10; the central ring giving 10 points.
In many events – to showcase the athletes’ skill and accuracy – the scoring rings are each further subdivided into a further 10 scoring zones to give decimal scoring system, with 10.9 being the very centre of the target and the highest possible score per shot. To give you an idea of the level of the accuracy required, in air rifle events athletes fire at a bulls-eye which is only 0.05cm wide – which is as big as a full-stop on a printed page!
Shooting competitions are divided into two disciplines: rifle and pistol, with competitions at three distances: 10m, 25m and 50m.
Divisions / categories
- R1 – 10m Air rifle standing – SH1
- P1 – 10m Air pistol – SH1
- R2 – 10m Air rifle standing – SH1
- P2 – 10m Air pistol – SH1
- R3 – 10m Air rifle prone – SH1
- R4 – 10m Air rifle standing – SH2
- R5 – 10m Air rifle prone – SH2
- VIS – 10m Air rifle VI Standing – SH-VI
- VIP – 10m Air rifle VI prone – SH-VI