The first wave of shooters have been announced for the Commonwealth England squad for Glasgow 2014.
Among the initial squad of 14 athletes is England’s most decorated athlete Mick Gault, who made a return to Team England as he bids to become the most successful Commonwealth Games athlete of all time.
Gault, who has won 17 Commonwealth Games medals, retired after Delhi 2010, but has been tempted out of retirement by his love for shooting.
This first wave of shooting selections encompasses the Full Bore, Small Bore – Rifle and Small Bore Pistol squad. The remainder of the squad will be selected at a later date.
Mick Gault said: “I am delighted to be representing England at the Commonwealth Games for the sixth time and I can't wait to get out there and compete for my country.
“I know there will be talk of records as there was in Delhi, but that's not why I'm here. I'm here because I love shooting and I love the Commonwealth Games and the opportunity to compete at the very highest level in the UK was too good to miss. This is about going out in front of big home crowds and enjoying my sport.
“I’m definitely the old boy of the team but training has been going very well and I hope I’ll keep the youngsters on their toes.”
The team is:
David Luckman (Clifton, Bristol)
Parag Patel (Cobham, Surrey)
Sheree Cox (Ashford, Middlesex / trains Cardiff)
Lina Jones (Redhill, Surrey)
Sharon Lee (Leicester)
Kenny Parr (Sutton, London)
Hannah Pugsley (Lightwater, Surrey)
Dan Rivers (Didcot, Oxfordshire)
Larissa Sykes (Haverhill, Suffolk / trains Peterborough & Cambridge)
Gerri Buckley (Snaith, East Yorkshire / York and Rippon Club)
Kristian Callaghan (Midgham, Reading / University of Bath)
Mick Gault (Dereham, Norfolk)
Victoria Mullin (Woking, Surrey / Dublin )
Stewart Nangle (Bacup, Lancashire)
Team England’s shooting Team Leader, Martyn White, said: “I am delighted to have selected such a talented squad to represent Team England in Glasgow.
“Shooting has a proud tradition in the Commonwealth Games and I look forward to these athletes continuing that in Glasgow.”
Team England Chef de Mission, Jan Paterson, said: "It's great to see the mix of youth and experience in this squad and I'm delighted to welcome the first of Team England athletes for Glasgow 2014 on St George's Day."