NRA Announces First Annual Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Sectional Championships

NRA Announces First Annual Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Sectional Championships

NRA Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Championships

Fairfax, Virginia – NRA's Disabled Shooting Services announces the creation of the 2009 National Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Sectional Championships. Sectional Championships will be hosted at clubs and facilities across the country.

Each year the NRA conducts National Open Rifle Sectional Championships in NRA 3-position Smallbore Rifle, 4-position Smallbore Rifle, International 3-P Smallbore Rifle and International Air Rifle. The Championships are the largest event of the indoor season and will now include International Indoor Air Rifle for disabled shooters.

The NRA National Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Championships will give competitors with physical disabilities a chance to compete in national individual and team events by comparing their scores with those fired in clubs all over the country. Scores are compatible because of the similar conditions existing in indoor ranges.

“We are very excited about the creation of this championship. It was created with the goal of full integration into the NRA Open Indoor Air Rifle Championships in the future,” stated Vanessa Warner, NRA's Manager of Disabled Shooting Services. “The plan is to eventually be able to remove “Disabled” from the title, create a Disabled category and allow both disabled and able-bodies to compete shoulder to shoulder for the title of National Champion.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau survey in 2003, there are currently 50 million people living with disabilities in America today. The integration of the Disabled Indoor Air Rifle Championships with the Open Indoor Air Rifle Championships will expand opportunities for disabled individuals to participate in the shooting sports.

Additional information can be found on NRA's Disabled Shooting Services Website or by contacting Vanessa Warner at 703-267-1495 or disabled-shooting@nrahq.org

Media Contact: Vanessa Warner (703) 267-1495 or disabled-shooting@nrahq.org

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