Shooting Para Sport
Shooting is a static sport that entails high levels of precision and concentration. The mobility and strength of the athlete’s hands should be sufficient enough to sustain the weight of the pistol and rifle used in the matches. Shooting has been a Paralympic Sport since the Toronto 1976 Paralympic Games.
Athletes are classified according to their impairment levels and the events (Pistol and Rifle) they participate in. Athletes in SH1 (Pistol) class are with upper and/or lower limb impairment. SH1 (Rifle) and SH2 (Rifle) classes are designated to athletes with lower limb and upper limb impairment respectively. These three classes are further divided into three sub-categories: A, B and C, to determine which types of assistive equipment (for example, backrest) they may use during the competition.
According to the athlete’ impairment condition, he/she can stand, sit on a wheelchair or a chair to shoot. Different rules and regulations apply to different types of shooting positions, including prone, standing and kneeling.
Electronic targets are used in international competitions. Events include Pistol, Air Pistol, Rifle and Air Rifle. The standard distances are 10m, 25m and 50m where competitions for Rifle and Air Rifle will have distances of 10m and 50m only.
Each match consists of a qualification and a final round. Athletes shoot a total of 60 shots (6 games with 10 shots each). The top eight athletes in the qualification round shall enter the finals played in elimination format, with the lowest scorer of each round being knocked out. In case of a tie, the winner will be decided by an extra single-shot match performed by the athletes concerned.
For more details, please visit the website of World Shooting Para Sport: https://www.paralympic.org/shooting.