Over the last two weeks, nearly 100 shooters were assessed by British Shooting as part of Project Pistol Talent Pathway in Newcastle and Bisley, after receiving over 200 registrations of interest.
The initiative saw shooters from as far as Northern Scotland to Cornwall, the Isle of Man to the Isle of Wight come together to be assessed by a coaching panel consisting of highly experienced and qualified coaches.
The assessment team were looking at a variety of areas including technical ability, performance skills, coached sessions as well as their motivations, lifestyles and future ambitions.
The candidates being assessed came from a very diverse background from existing Pistol shooters through to Modern Pentathletes, Pony Club, Scouts, Cadets and Rifle shooters. It was a fantastic opportunity to uncover some new unknown talent as well as confirm some of the existing talent already competing in Great Britain.
A number of those assessed at the weekend will be invited forward to be part of the new British Shooting Pistol Talent Pathway which will include squad and individual coaching and sport science support.
There will also be the opportunity to train within the UK and overseas at high performance camps with a team of high level coaches.
Dean Leak, Talent Pathway Manager, commented: "The competition for places was extremely high and demonstrated the enthusiasm and passion for athletes wishing to progress in ISSF Pistol shooting.
"This is the start of something really exciting for the Pistol community and we are committed to providing athletes with high level learning environments to enable them to progress into World Class shooters, capable of Olympic success.
"Iain Aberdeen (British Shooting Project Pistol Coordinator), and our team of assessors, did a great job in hosting fantastic Talent assessment weekends and will continue to deliver high quality training environments."
Athletes not selected will be signposted to opportunities available in-Home Countries and NSRA programmes in the UK and door is always open for re-assessment in the future via Talent ID days and domestic competition scouting. Athletes who attended the Project Pistol weekends will be contacted by end of the week commencing 18 September with further information.