Matt Coward-Holley won a silver medal at the Portugal Grand Prix as he began his transition from Double Trap to Olympic Trap.
It is looking ever-likely that the ISSF will remove the discipline of Double Trap from future Olympic Games and in response Matt has made the decision to move to Olympic Trap sooner rather than later as he sets his sights on future success on the world stage.
And the 22-year-old shooter performed fantastically to finish top in the qualification round and then come away from Portugal in second spot overall against some tough competition such as Jiri Liptak, Jose Faria and GB’s own Mark Shaw.
Elsewhere in Portugal, there were also fantastic performances from Andrea Swatt who won silver in the Ladies and Connor Gorsuch who won junior bronze.
Speaking after the result, Matt said: “To win a silver this early on in my Olympic Trap career is a big mental boost for me as I have been shooting a lot of OT at home over the last few months. To transfer that to an overseas competition is a big boost for me.
“In the final there was one Olympic Medalist and one winner of numerous World Cups so the competition was of a very, very high standard.”
Despite beginning the transition from DT to OT, Matt explains that he will still be shooting Double Trap if he gets selected for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
He explained: “This gives me great confidence with my transition into OT and moving forward knowing I can compete at the highest Level this early on. OT will now be my main focus but I will be shooting Double Trap in my bid to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.”