GB’s shooters had an extremely successful Nordic Championships 2018 last week after securing five medals for the pistol team and one medal for the rifle team.
There were also a whole host of British Records broken!
Starting with Pistol, the team consisted mostly of athletes from the British Shooting Talent Pathway, but two of the team were also using the event as training matches for the World Championships (Waldek Mickiewicz & Kerstin Dodd).
The competition began with the Junior Women’s 10m Air pistol match. After a hard-fought final, Kerstin Dodd won a bronze medal with a score just above her average. Her sister, Kyla, came eighth.
This was followed by the Junior Men’s 10m match and final and Tom Whyte-Venables came away from that with a silver medal, again, shooting above his overall average.
Tom and Kerstin then competed in the mixed teams’ final and were pleased to finish with bronze medals in their first International in this match.
On the 25m range, Imogen Moss and Becky Carnell were shooting Sport Pistol, which didn’t go as planned as they both had malfunctions and lost valuable points. However, this was followed shortly after by the Standard Pistol match and Becky finished in Silver medal position.
The second day of matches started with the senior women’s 10m match which was of a high standard and neither Becky nor Imogen made the final, although ‘Immy’ shot above her average with a gun she’d only bought two weeks earlier!
In the men’s 10m match Aedan Evans came first in the qualifier, shooting well above his average. The final was a nail-biting one, as Aedan led from half way until the last shot. A silver medal was well-deserved!
The final match for the Pistol team was for Aedan and Imogen who qualified fifth for the mixed team final. Again, Immy had never shot this other than in training and her nerves showed at first, but the team pulled back and they finished fourth.
Onto Rifle and the Air events were shot on the Alfhallen range hall and the 50m events at Lovenskiold ranges.
In air, both the male and female competitors firing qualification and finals on the same day. The female shooters performing extremely well breaking the British Record for a 10m AR Junior Women’s Team with a credible score of 1835.9.
On the individual front Cameron qualified for the final and held his own exiting in seventh place overall. Whilst the air rifle was being competed Lina Jones shot her 50m prone match finishing 5th overall with a 616.7.
The Junior 50m events were competed over two days. In the 3P competitions both the men and women teams shot very well indeed. Emily broke the British Record for a Junior Lady with 1129 and that combined with the scores achieved by Vikki and Pheobe brought the ladies an extra bonus of breaking the Ladies British Team record with a combined score of 3364.
Not to be outdone, the men’s team also performed well breaking the British Junior 3P Team record achieving 3431. The prone events brought even more records with the Men’s 3P team breaking the British record with a team score of 1841.0.
Individually Cameron finished in runner up position and was awarded a silver medal.
The team selected to represent GB in the event proved their selection by the effort and great achievements made breaking a number of records, achieving many personal best scores in what was very stiff competition indeed.