The month of April 2017 marks a very important moment in British Shooting’s history.
Last year, the Rio 2016 Olympics saw target shooting become a double medal-winning GB sport thanks to fantastic performances from shotgun shooters Ed Ling and Steve Scott.
Add to that the two finalists we had in Amber Hill and Tim Kneale, as well as the huge potential of our World Class Programme, Talent Pathway and Engagement strategy, and you have a sport in a very good position heading into the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cycle.
Nothing highlighted the fantastic potential of our sport more than the faith UK Sport and the National Lottery showed in British Shooting earlier this year when they announced an increase in funding.
And where most people see the month of April as the beginning of Spring, the end of the tax year or a time to indulge in chocolate Easter Eggs, British Shooting is focused on one thing – ensuring we hit the ground running at the start of the Tokyo cycle and continue to make great steps towards becoming a world-leading shooting nation.
Performance Director, Steven Seligmann, has been instrumental in restructuring the performance systems in place at British Shooting and has great ambitions for the sport.
Speaking of his plans, he said: "Our vision is to have world-leading people delivering world-leading performances by providing a world-class system that supports athletes to fulfil their aspirations to get to Tokyo 2020 and medal, or beyond to 2024.
"With enhanced investment from UK Sport we are looking to build on the success from Rio and develop a world leading performance system within Great Britain that supports each athlete’s potential and drives sustained medal success. This is an exciting time to be involved with British Shooting and the performance team are already unfolding plans and focused to deliver in Tokyo."
"We would like to thank UK Sport, in association with the National Lottery for providing the funding that makes this programme possible.”
World-leading athletes would not exist without the right coaches to bring out the best in them, and with that in mind, a great deal of work has been done behind the scenes to ensure the right building blocks are put in place and British shooters receive the best support available.
Seligmann added: "We are delighted to confirm the WCP and GB coaching and management team for the Tokyo cycle. In this team, we have a group of people who have the experience, expertise and are exceptionally well qualified to support athletes as we move towards Tokyo".
Below, we are delighted to announce the coaching team for the start of the Tokyo 2020 cycle which looks set to grow as we continue on our journey to build the strongest possible support team for the British Shooting athletes:
Kevin Gill - WCP and GB Head coach
Chris Dean - WCP and GB OT coach
Joe Neville - WCP and GB OSK coach
Per Moen - WCP and GB OSK coach
John Leighton Dyson - WCP and GB Programme Manager
Stephen Pengelly - GB Head Coach
Over the next few weeks the British Shooting website will delve into the backgrounds of each individual coach and share their plans for each specific discipline as we look to continue on our journey to Olympic medal success.
With any transition from one Olympic cycle to the next, there will always be changes in personnel and we must announce that rifle coaches Donald McIntosh and Sinclair Bruce have parted ways with the British Shooting.
Speaking of their service to GB rifle shooting, Seligmann said: "We would like to sincerely thank Donald McIntosh and Sinclair Bruce for their valued contribution, expertise and support to British Shooting over a number of years. We hope that that they continue to play a role in rifle shooting in Great Britain moving forward."