Beretta's commitment to clay target shooting continues. The Company headquarterd in Gardone (Italy) has decided to gather 12 parathletes, some of whom recently starred at the Lonato World Cup, and support them in achieving their sporting goals with the unabated professionalism and determination that has allowed them to collect 10 Olympic Medals at the recent Rio 2016 Olympics.
The Beretta Paralympic Team
The Paralympic Beretta team consists of Giorgio Marrozzini SGL, Christian Ciocchi SGU, Oreste Lai SGS, Marco Giugno SGU, Paolo Cirillo SGS, SGS Bruno Busti, Davide Fedrigucci SGS, Francesco Nespeca SGU, Massimo Lanza SGL, Fabrizio Menia SGS, Saverio Cuciti SGL, Elio Spadoni SGU. The categories are as follows: SGS-Sitting; SGL-Lower (Lower Limbs); SGU-Upper (Upper Limbs).
All shooters will be equipped with the Beretta DT11 Black over-and-under.
Another important element is therefore forming in the activity of Beretta in support of Paralympic sports, only three weeks after the historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for a research project with the University of Brescia and Brixia Accessibility Lab.
The project sponsored by FITAV and supported by the Camozzi Research Center, together with Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta, intends to develop guidelines for the accessibility of the shooting range in order to promote this sport on a Paralympic level, but not only. The study will cover the accessibility of buildings and shooting boxes as well as the "organizational" accessibility, i.e. the management of the spaces.
Sport is an extremely important element in everybody's life and every person has the right to practise it: facilitating access to sport for people with disabilities can contribute decisively to overcome the physical and social barriers that too often hinder them, with the awareness that more accessible structures bring extensive benefits to all athletes and the whole community.
"My family – says President Franco Gussalli Beretta – has been supporting the development of clay target shooting for years, sharing the dream of bringing this sport to participate already in the Paris 2024 Paralympics.
In addition to supporting individual athletes and developing new equipment to best meet the shooters' needs, we believe it is essential, from a systematic perspective, to make our contribution to creating the best places to practise clay target shooting.
We believe that clay target shooting has a potential that no other paralympic sport expresses, thanks to shooters' performance levels similar to those of able-bodied athletes."
Disability Raid 4x4
Beretta Team athletes lived an unforgettable day.
Not just clay target shooting but an exchange of sports experiences with the first edition of the Disability Raid 4x4, the project designed to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to try off-road driving.
On Monday, October 2nd, the first edition of Disability Raid stopped in Lonato.
The Beretta Team paralympic athletes acted as coaches for the Disability Raid drivers teaching them the basic techniques and making them feel the emotion of breaking a clay target launched at 120km/h. The roles were reversed at 7pm when the Disability Raid reached the historic factory of Pietro Beretta at Gardone Val Trompia. Inside the factory, the Beretta Team parathletes were put behind the wheel by the Raid drivers to try out a "regularity" lesson.
President Franco Gussalli Beretta concludes: "Every day, we receive from Paralympic athletes an example of professionalism, dedication and passion better than any of us can be for them. I think there is no better way than sport to overcome social barriers that too often hinder disabled people. That's why I immediately joined the Disability Raid project, an interesting social inclusion instrument that I'm proud to promote."