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Rio Celebration Evening Success
Published Tuesday 20 December 2016 14:27 by Craig Davies
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British Shooting held its first ever Annual Celebration Evening last night as it recognised the achievements of the Rio 2016 Olympians. 

The inaugural event, which took place at Bisham Abbey, played host to the likes of Olympic bronze medallist, Steve Scott, Amber Hill, as well as Elena Allen and Tim Kneale.

The athletes took turns to be invited up onto the stage where they were presented with a bespoke British Shooting Rio 2016 Olympian pin badge. 

The final award of the night was 'Special Contribution to British Shooting'. This was given in memory of double trap coach Martin Barker, who sadly died earlier this year after a battle with cancer. 

Speaking of his former coach, Martin Barker, Tim Kneale, said: "It's great to see Martin Barker receive the award for lifetime achievement for the efforts he put into Nuthampstead Shooting Ground and British Shooting in general. 

"He had success and influence from all levels, whether it be junior right through to the Olympic Games. He was a fantastic man who is missed within the sport and a huge asset lost to GB Shooting."

Rio 2016 was the result of four years of hard work which all began thanks to a vital gold medal from Peter Wilson. Since that day in 2012, the sport has continued to grow and introduce an infrastructure capable of producing world-leading success in target shooting.

Despite celebrating the successes of Rio, there was, understandably, significant focus on Tokyo and how the sport needs to further build on its success in 2020. 

With that in mind, a number of the athletes on the World Class Programme were invited and are very much seen as the future of our sport. 

The likes of Matt Coward-Holley, Conor Gorsuch and Jack Fairclough were all watching on as their watched the inspiration Rio athletes collect their accolades. 

British Shooting wouldn't be where it is today without the support of its partners, and there was recognition on the night for those who have been there every step of the way to help us achieve on the world stage. Eley, UK Sport and EJ Churchill all received special recognition.

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