Juniors And Paras Shine At Grand FInal
British Shooting's Talent Pathway Manager is excited by the strength-in-depth within the GB junior shotgun team after they performed fantastically at the Shotgun Grand Final last weekend.
The event at Fauxdegla saw juniors compete against senior and para athletes in the qualifying rounds and should they score high enough they would be eligible to compete in the senior final.
No one took advantage of that ruling more than Jake Janes, Rebecca Fergusson and Lara Dale.
In Junior Trap, Jake shot a 121 in the qualifying rounds, meaning he secured Junior Gold, but then proceeded to the men’s senior final. He went on to finish fifth overall.
Rebecca Fergusson shot a 111 in qualifying to win Junior Gold and take her into the senior final where she won another medal to accompany her Gold, this time the colour was Bronze.
Another top-class performance in qualifying came in Women’s Skeet from Lara shooting a 112. That left her top of the juniors and ensured she was presented with a Gold medal.
The final Junior Gold was won by David McNeill in Men’s Junior Olympic Skeet. It wasn’t straight forward though after he and Jack Fairclough finished the qualification rounds with a score of 112. It wasn’t until the two battled it out in a shoot-off that David came out eventual winner.
Speaking after the weekend, Talent Pathway Manager, Dean Leak, said: “The performances from our junior athletes at the British Shooting Grand Final across the pathway were fantastic.
"There were some notable performances from our stars of the future which included Rebecca Fergusson and Lara Dale. Both making the senior final, indicating the future is bright in Women’s target shooting.
"Jake Janes shot incredibly well too, qualifying for the men’s final with a score of 121/125 and even more impressive considering his recent transition from Double Trap.
"Credit must be given to the coaches, parents and the support team around the athletes who make these performances possible. The strength in depth in the Olympic disciplines are the best we have ever had and this helps create high quality support and challenge to progress each other on the journey to excellence”
Away from the juniors, we also saw some fantastic performances from the Paratrap athletes, with Steve Ling stealing the show securing a top class score of 117 – which was just one off his son Ed, who shot 118 in qualifiers.
Steve was followed in Silver and Bronze by Allan Ritchie and Mat Goodwin, who scored 107 and 106 respectively.
Leak added: "The Paratrap athletes were excellent at the weekend and the talent on show demonstrates the continued growth in disability shooting in the UK. Our Talent Pathway Coordinator, Christian Schofield, has been doing an excellent job in providing integrated training opportunities for able bodied and disability clay shooting potential in the Talent Pathway"
Full Para and Junior score details from British Shooting at Grand Final 2017:
Steve Ling 117
Allan Ritchie 107
Mat Goodwin 106
Junior Men Olympic Trap
Jake Janes 121
Theo Ling 115
Michael Bovingdon 111
Junior Ladies Olympic Trap
Rebecca Fergusson 111
Lucy Hall 107
Augusta Campos Martyn 105
Junior Men Olympic Skeet
David McNeill 112
Jack Fairclough 112 (shoot off)
Luke Young 110
Junior Ladies Olympic Skeet
Lara Dale 112
Emily Hibbs 110
A Lane 89