Paralympic athletes blast into action at the Shooting World Cup in Stoke Mandeville Stadium

British athletes make up one third of shooters competing in the Paralympic Shooting World Cup at its spiritual home of Stoke Mandeville Stadium this week.

The first IPC Shooting World Cup to take place on British soil since London 2012 hosted the Paralympics last year, got under way on Tuesday and finishes today.

Great Britain's Matthew Skelhon in action. Picture (c) Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Great Britain's Matthew Skelhon in action. Picture (c) Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Nearly 120 shooters have line up for the event with London 2012 silver and bronze medallist Matt Skelhon, silver medallist James Bevis and world-record holder Ryan Cockbill amongst them.

Skelhon will take aim in the R1 (men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1) and R3 (mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1) events, after missing out on gold by just 0.3 points in London to Frenchman Cedric Fevre in the R3 (10m air rifle prone) event.

Looking ahead to his competitive return to Great Britain, Skelhon said: “I’m in good shape - shooting well - so looking forward to it - would be nice to get the qualifying world record next.”

Georgina Callinghan from Bourne End is also in action at the championships, along with 15-year-old Amy Hursthouse from Aylesbury.

Callingham, 22, said: “I’ve been shooting for about eight-and-a-half, nine years now.

“I first got involved in the sport at the age of 13 when my mum took me down to the local sports centre.

“I haven’t really looked back since.”

Entry to the Stoke Mandeville Stadium is free throughout the competition, with events starting at 8.15am. Today’s finals get under way at 4.45pm.

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VIDEO: Filmed during Wednesday’s Shooting World Cup action.