To many people, the words ‘visually impaired’ and ‘shooting’ are rarely associated or put in the same sentence.
Yet, a student from Camborne Science and International Academy with partial sight has been presented with ‘Most Improved Sportsman’ by Helston and District Rifle Club.
13-year-old Haydn Uren from Camborne has been part of the Club for less than a year and throughout that time has proven himself to have a real aptitude for the sport.
“First of all, I’ve not shot anyone,” was Haydn’s response when asked to comment on his shooting achievement.
“I am severely visually impaired. Actually, my sight isn’t very good at all to be honest” said Haydn, who now competes against people who have been practising shooting far longer than him. “We wear a set of headphones which plug into the rifle. The gun makes a variable sound and when we hear the highest pitch, it means we’re dead on target to fire the gun.”
Haydn’s shooting has improved rapidly over the course of his time with the rifle club, and he’s proud to have scored a ’49’ after just one year, out of a possible maximum score of ’50’.
“I am aiming for first place. I’d like to be the best in the county - top notch boy!”
Haydn has also been awarded with a medal for finishing third in a highly competitive rifle shooting tournament. Beating off stiff competition from across the South West, Haydn’s remarkable achievements haven’t gone unnoticed.
“Haydn is a true inspiration for students and staff alike at our school. His determination and ability to overcome his sight impairment is admirable and he has proven himself to have a real gift,” said Principal Ian Kenworthy. “We can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”