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Sports team from Galloway’s Society for the Blind win medals

Galloway's Society for the Blind Shooting Team

Galloway's Society for the Blind Shooting Team

A TEAM of acoustic shooters from a blind charity walked away with a raft of medals after competing in a national contest.

Galloway’s Society for the Blind, based in Preston, sent its top visually impaired acoustic shooters to the National Blind and Visually Impaired Championships in Wolverhampton and they walked away with two gold medal along with a silver a bronze and many other pieces of silverware.

The team of 12 battled it out with the country’s elite visually impaired sports people during a two day competition.

The team had been practising at Blackburn Rifle and Pistol Club where they meet every Wednesday to master the acoustic shooting range.

Volunteer organiser, Alan Cowie, said: “It’s fantastic to see blind and partially sighted people from all over Lancashire putting so much effort into their sport.

“I’m inspired every time I see them, not only because they are great sports people but also because they are so independent and are not letting their sight loss stop them doing what they want to do.

“It’s amazing to see how far they have come since Galloway’s provided this opportunity.”

Acoustic rifle shooting uses sound to help visually impaired people find the target. The Galloway’s team has been formed for nearly four years and has already won some top awards.

The team is currently seeking a main sponsor and people to help out at the training sessions. If you can help contact Janine Bickerstaff, head of fundraising and communications, from the charity on 07443462372.

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