GB Paralympic shooters impress at World Cup

Paralympic shooter Di Coates
Coates is one of Britain's most experienced Paralympians

Britain's Paralympic shooters dominated with six gold medals at the year's opening World Cup event in Poland.

Three-time Paralympic champion Di Coates won the 10m air rifle standing event

Nathan Milgate beat Paralympic champion Matt Skelhon to win the men's equivalent and also the mixed falling target rifle event.

Richard Davies won the mixed 10m air rifle standing, while James Bevis won the mixed 10m air rifle prone.

Coates, Milgate and Skelhon also won team gold.

Bevis led a GB clean sweep in his event with silver and bronze for Rob Mcleary and Ryan Cockbill. There was also bronze for international newcomer Pam Grainger in the air pistol event.

Grainger, an RAF corporal, lost the use of her arm in a motorbike accident and has come to the sport through the Battle Back programme - a joint scheme between ParalympicsGB and the Ministry of Defence that plays a key role in helping wounded service personnel return to an active life with the help of adventure training and sport.

The next World Cup meeting takes place in Turkey in April.

Both events give shooters the chance to reach the minimum qualification standard for the 2012 Paralympics in London.

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