British Shooting hosted the National Finals for the Schools Pistol Championships at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on January 17th, 2018.
British Shooting has endeavoured to create a promising future for its talented young pistol shooters by designing an event that makes it possible for athletes to compete at a national level - with an open welcoming entry at the regional qualification level.
Championships Ambassadors and GB pistol shooters, Issy Bailey (Rio 2016 Paralympian) and Kristian Callaghan (GB and England Team athlete), came to Stoke Mandeville to support the event and meet young athletes who are inspired by their great achievements.
We would like to congratulate all competitors on their performances at the National Final 2017/18 and wish them all the best for their future in the sport. Furthermore, we would like to thank Stoke Mandeville Stadium for providing the facilities required to host the event and the fantastic team of volunteers who made the National Final happen.
- Junior individual medallists, Seona Scott (Bronze), Darcy Dryden (Silver) and James Caldwell (Gold).
- Junior team medal winners, Dyffryn Taf Whitland (Bronze), Leweston School (Silver) and Ellesmere College (Gold).
- Intermediate individual medallists, Kiril Voitiukevicous (Bronze), Emilia Faulkner (Silver) and Charlotte Hicks (Gold).
- Intermediate team medal winners, Dyffryn Taf Whitland (Bronze), Stranraer Academy (Silver) and Leweston School (Gold).
- Senior individual medallists, Harriet Watson (Bronze), Joseph Baker (Silver) and James Miller(Gold).
- Senior team medal winners, Ellesmere College (Bronze), St John’s Leatherhead (Silver) and Glyn School (Gold).
After the event, British Shooting commercial and events co-ordinator, Gorgs Geikie said: "We are so happy after a hugely successful competition. It has grown year on year and we hope this will inspire those who took part to stay involved in the sport for years to come.
"We had over 500 entries for the Championships overall, with 80 teams from 217 different schools, which show there is a huge interest in this sport. We can't wait to get going again for the 2018/19 Championships at the end of this year!"
The GB coaching staff and Project Pistol coordinator Iain Aberdeen were eagerly watching the days competition unfold, observing and supporting current Project Pistol athletes and scouting for new athletes. Find out more about Project Pistol here.
British Shooting Talent Pathway Manager, Dean Leak, made a speech during the day, regarding Project Pistol and British Shooting’s Talent Programme and what it can offer the young athletes.