A grant to fund the purchase of a rifle is helping a paralysed Somerset man set his sights on the Paralympics.
Stuart Wright, who sustained a high level spinal cord injury following a cycling accident in 2010, was awarded funding by the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust (SSIT). The grant has allowed Mr Wright to purchase his own rifle and shooting jacket, which will enable him to practice locally at club level, in addition to taking part in Disability Target Shooting events at Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium. The ultimate aim is to represent Team GB at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
A former mortgage adviser from Taunton who grew up on a farm nearby, Mr Wright broke his neck three years ago and as a result is tetraplegic. Although he has good arm function, he has no movement in his fingers, and his legs are paralysed.
Talent spotted for shooting at a Paralympic Sports Fest a year ago, Mr Wright goes to Stoke Mandeville Sports Stadium once a month for coaching and development as part of their Talent Development Programme.
He commented: “The grant from SSIT will make a huge difference to my life. My long term aim is to be part of the Paralympic squad & now, with my own equipment I can practice more regularly and really set my sights high.”