Eight athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World University Shooting Games.
The event, which takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 14 - 18 March 2018, sees young athletes from both GB rifle, pistol and shotgun compete.
The team is as follows:
Dean Bale (Rifle) – Dean was a finalist in 50m Prone at the 2016 WUSC. A member of the GB Academy Programme, he was also a 3P finalist at the CSF in Australia in October 2017 and also competed at the Junior World Championships in 2017.
Emily Bale (Rifle) – The sister of Dean, this will be Emily’s first appearance at the World University Shooting Championships. She is on the GB Talent Programme and will be looking to use the event to gain some valuable international experience.
Mike Bamsey (Rifle) – Mike was the first ever GB rifle finalist at the World University Games in 2013 and is a triple silver medallist at the Youth Olympic Festival in 2013 as well as a finalist at Glasgow 2016.
Kristian Callaghan (Pistol) – Ranked GB number one in all ISSF Olympic Disciplines (10m Air Pistol, 25m Rapid Fire, 50m Free Pistol) and the British record holder in 25m Rapid Fire, Kristian will be looking to continue his success at WUSC. He won Bronze in 50m Free Pistol at the 2016 WUSC in Poland, which was GB’s first ever pistol medal at a World University event. Kristian also competed at the 2013 & 2015 World University Games in Russia and Korea.
Sammy Darling (Pistol) – This is Sammy’s first time at WUSC and is the GB Junior number one in 10m and 25m pistol.
Coral Kennerley (Pistol) – This will be Coral’s 4th time at WUSC. She is a previous finalist in 2014 World Uni Championships in 25m and 10m and attended 2015 World Uni Games and 2016 World Uni Championships.
Coral was also a finalist in 10m Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Jess Liddon (Pistol) – Jess will be competing at WUSC for the third time. She is a member of the GB Talent Pistol programme and a Scottish record holder for 25m and 10m.
Connor Gorsuch (Shotgun) – Connor will be competing at the WUSC for the first time. He started competing in Double Trap in 2013 and won a World Championship Bronze in 2015. Connor, who holds the British junior record of 143, is currently transitioning to Olympic Trap after the discipline was removed from the Olympic programme earlier last year.
Team Leader, Margaret Thomas, represented GB for 10 years on the world stage and thinks the event will be a huge opportunity for the athletes selected.
She said: "I think we have a great team and I’m delighted to be chosen as Team Leader for the WUSC. There is a lot of potential in the squad and I am hoping to see finalists in many of the matches, with a strong possibility of medals.
“This is an excellent competition for all the athletes to gain valuable experience on the world stage."