Shooting first appeared in the Paralympics in 1976 when it was held in Toronto. It is a popular sport with at least 60 countries participating in the sport, where it can also be played at national and international level. Depending upon their classification, individuals can shoot with a rifle or a pistol and can either stand, sit in a chair or a wheelchair, or lie on the floor on their front. For individuals who find it hard to load and carry a gun, they might be allowed to have assistance from a specialist gun stand and / or from an assistant).

Shooting Events

Shooting can be done over three distances.

  • A 10m distance,
  • A 25m distance,
  • A 50m distance.

Depending upon their classification, an individual can also shoot with a rifle gun or a pistol gun.

Eligible Impairment Types

All individuals with a physical impairment can participate in shooting.

Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes

In Shooting, there is no specific classification for individuals with Cerebral Palsy. However, the classification system does make sure that individuals are classified fairly and how their impairments may affect them whilst shooting. The classification system is formed of three classes, which follows;

  1. SH1 (Pistol), which is for individuals with impairments in the lower limb(s) and/or the upper limb associated with the shooting arm, but can take the weight of the gun. Individuals in this category can sit or stand whilst shooting,


  1. SH1 (Rifle), which is for individuals with no impairment in the upper limbs but has an impairment in either / both of the lower limbs. Individuals within this category can sit or stand to shoot.


  1. SH2 (Rifle), which is for individuals who have impairments in any of the four limbs and finds it difficult to carry the weight of the gun. As a result, individuals might have a stand to help me rest the gun on and an assistant to help them load the gun. Individuals within this category have to sit and cannot shoot standing up.


Individuals with Cerebral Palsy might be put into any of these categories depending upon the degree of their impairment.


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