Following winning the “Initiative of the Year” at the British Shooting Awards evening, the BS Schools Pistol Championships travelled to St Felix School where the East of England Championships took place yesterday.
Partnered by Gun Trader, this new event to the Championships for the 2018-19 season saw 22 different schools represented by athletes who travelled to the beautiful coastal area of Southwold.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events & Commercial Coordinator said: “St Felix School were fantastic hosts for this new event, which promises to be an annual competition in the events calendar. The East of England competition is a true demonstration of how the Championships increasing it’s geographical reach, to welcome new and existing young athletes to the sport as well as supporting the shooting community across the country.
"We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make the event a great success. A special mention goes to Tony Bull who was influential in getting this event off the ground. Tony delivers weekly shooting coaching to the St Felix students. A number of these students qualified for the National Final, who we look forward to seeing again at Stoke Mandeville on Wednesday 16th January.”
The first Final of the day was won by Charlotte Wilson of Dame Bradbury's School ahead of Marc de La Sayette and Harry Beckingsale who won silver and bronze respectfully. Each of these 3 athletes, as well as all the individual medal winners, won quota places to the National Final.
The outstanding performance of the day came from Millie Handford of The Stephen Perse Foundation, who claimed the Intermediate gold in style with a perfect score of 20/20 for her final 2 shots. Sally de La Sayette, coach and mother of Marc, Freddie and Benoit as well as coach to a number of other athletes at the event has a background in pony club tetrathlon. All these athletes’ performances shone at the event including Intermediate silver medallist Kilda Myers.
The event came to a climax as William Schaathun Cole was crowned the Senior East of England Champion, representing Howard of Effingham. Local athlete Harry Haywood of East Point Academy claimed silver ahead of Bridget Bedford of Sheffield Girls.
Next stop for the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships is Newcastle, for the North East Championships, this the second new event to the calendar.
Click on the downloadable pdf’s at the bottom of this article to see the East of England Championship results.