A Christmas Day message from our Chief Executive, Hamish McInnes:
2016 was an Olympic year – six athletes earned quota places, four made finals and two won medals. Congratulations to all of them.
For an Olympic sport, the year of the Games is like no other. Focus is sharpened, pressure is raised, the highs are higher and the lows are lower than at any other time. Yet, in facing the challenges of 2016, our athletes, coaches, staff, and leaders have all shown considerable resolve, ambition and, often, extraordinary emotional resilience.
Yet, as one Games cycle comes to a close, we can only allow ourselves a very short period of either congratulation or reflection.
The end of 2016 sees the start of the Tokyo cycle – the 2020 Games are just 3.5 years away. British Shooting’s greatest asset is its people – who display a collective and individual desire to make progress which runs through the organisation. Our shooters, our coaches, our support personnel, our administrators, our board directors, our funding partners and our supporters are all united in striving to make British Shooting world leading.
British Shooting is indebted to the support of many but especially our funding partners, UK Sport and Sport England. We are also grateful for the continuing support of ELEY, and more recently in 2016 to Air Arms and Grange Hotels. Our partnerships with the British Olympic Association and the English Institute of Sport continue to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted to play our part in supporting the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and the European Shooting Confederation (ESC). At local level we have made so many new partnership connections in 2016 which are invaluable in taking our sport to wider audiences.
Looking forward to 2017 there will be many challenges and opportunities. The start of a new cycle is always an exciting period for any organisation and ours is no different.
British Shooting has had an outstanding 2016 but has already set its sights on raising the bar once more in 2017 and beyond. We hope we can inspire you to do the same.
Lastly, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.