What's it all about?
Want to be known as The Eagle Eye Kid on the schoolyard? Think no one has aim like yours? Are precision and accuracy your middle names? Then check out shooting para sport to see how real marksmen take up the challenge!
How it's played
The teams: There are several women's and men's events as well as a mixed event where men and women compete together.
The competitions: In both rifle and pistol, athletes shoot at stationary targets. There are also different distances and guns used in each competition.
The equipment: It depends on the event. You could be shooting a target — maybe from a wheelchair or with support — with a rifle, an air rifle, a rapid-fire pistol or an air pistol (check out the photos below).
The event: You shoot at a 10-ring target. Try to get as close to the centre as possible to get the most points!
The points: The more accurate you are in hitting the target, the higher your score will be!
The athletes: It's all about accuracy! They have to have an eagle's eye to aim for the target and the precision to complete the same perfect shot over and over and over.
Did you know? The ring at the centre of the target for rifle shooting has a diameter of just 0.5 millimetres. That's about the size of the period at the end of a sentence on a printed page!
Things to watch for
- The lens helps to focus on the gunsight (an aiming device on top of the gun).
- The mechanical iris helps to control depth of field (the area you look at ahead of you that is in focus).
- A series of blinders help to prevent too much light from entering their pupils.
- Have to shoot from a kneeling, a prone (lying down) and a standing position.
- Event is nicknamed the “rifle marathon” because it takes two hours and 45 minutes, with the medal battle going another one hour.
Not all targets are the same
- All the different para shooting events do not use the same target type. Five different sizes of targets are used, depending on the distance.
- Each of them have 10 rings with a bullseye and electronic scoring.