Foundation helps fire Sussex shooter Isabel's Olympic dream

The Steve Bernard Foundation are helping a 16-year-old teenager from Littlehampton to help her achieve her dream of competing for GB in the Olympics.

Isabel Moore can use the new equipment to train effectively indoors
Isabel Moore can use the new equipment to train effectively indoors

England international Isabel Moore shoots in the air rifle discipline and the foundation has purchased a top-of-the-range SCATT training system to enable her to train effectively indoors.

It also helps a British supplier in worrying times.

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Isabel’s father Tim said his daughter was delighted by the support.

Isabel Moore sets her sights

“With lockdown in place Isabel Moore has been using her SCATT electronic shooting training system to good effect,” he said.

“Having this equipment allows Isabel to set up a simulated firing range in the house without actually having to fire a shot.

“Using the ‘dry fire’ option on her Walther rifle Isabel attaches the SCATT device to her rifle, and when the firing mechanism clicks as she pulls the trigger, the SCATT uses its in-built camera and microphone to measure the exact place where the shot would have struck the target.

“The results are shown on the attached laptop where Isabel can also see how the rifle was being aimed before, during and after the shot allowing her to refine her technique.

The technology means Isabel can immediately see how accurate she has been

“This equipment will enable her to train at home as this electronic device simulates outdoor competitive match conditions.”

Moore is a member of the England rifle academy and for obvious reasons all her training and coaching has had to be put on hold, so having this equipment means she can continue to train so she is ready for the next season of domestic and international competitions.

The Steve Bernard Foundation was set up in memory of the affectionately named Stevie B following his tragic death in a car accident which also claimed the lives of two other students on the A27 at Chichester in November 2005 while he was studying to be a PE teacher.

Following his death, his family and friends were inundated with support and donations. It seemed right, even in the earliest stages that these funds should go to that which Steve loved best, sport.

Since the foundation was formed in February 2006, it has gone on to raise more than £480,000 for sporting projects based across Bournemouth, Dorset, Sussex and in the Third World.

To date, the foundation has supported more than 400 projects covering more than 60 different sports and over four continents.

You can find out more about its work at