The second qualification leg of the Schools’ Pistol Championships took place at Leweston School in Sherbourne on Wednesday last week.
There was a great turn out for the South-West Qualifier where another 12 athletes earned a place in the National Final.
The day saw some competitive results from the athletes with Persephone Priston taking 1st place in the Junior category with a winning score of 205; Charlotte Hicks taking 1st in intermediate with a 216 and finally Chris Seers winning the seniors with a score of 207.
British Shooting would like to wish congratulations to all the athletes, teams and individuals, who qualified for the National Finals which are to be held on 17th January at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Buckinghamshire.
Event Ambassador, Kristian Callaghan, was in Sherbourne to support the competitors throughout the competition and to present the medals after each final, where he was joined by Paralympian Lorraine Lambert and pistol coach Margaret Thomas.
Rio 2016 Paralympian, Lorraine Lambert, said: “It’s great to see so much young talent at the event and it was lovely to be part of such an amazing event put on by British Shooting.
“The initiative is making our sport more accessible to young shooters and you can already see the talent coming through. Watching these young people can allow us to see where the next Olympic Champion is coming from.”
The event had a fantastic atmosphere thanks to the spectators who showed their support throughout the day and there was a real buzz added by features such as the ISSF music playlist for the finals. It’s great for the young athletes to get a real feel for what is to be expected at an international competition.
Ambassador, Kristian, explained: “It’s really important to support these events and British Shooting’s initiatives to discover new grassroots talent in pistol. There was some excellent shooting across all three age categories and some real talent on display.
“We did our best to make the event feel as close to an authentic international ISSF event as possible and I think we succeeded in making sure the athletes felt the pressure in the finals. There’s a good chance we’ll see some of the winners competing for GBR in the future.”
Thank you to the British Pistol Club for their support and sponsorship, as well as Leweston School for hosting the event.