It’s been a busy five days for the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships (BSSPC), as the Scottish, South East and Welsh events too place around the UK.
The second event on the BSSPC calendar was held in Bo’ness, mid-way between Edinburgh and Glasgow and saw athletes and teams representing 20 different schools.
Oliver Barsby, Scottish Target Shooting’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “The Schools competition run in partnership between STS and British Shooting is an exciting part of the pistol event calendar and perfectly demonstrates the sport can be introduced to young people locally but then provide opportunities for talented athletes to progress to a National Final.
“This year’s Scottish event saw a very high standard and went down to the final shot of the day to determine the winner of the Senior competition, so it wasn’t short on excitement!
“STS would like to thank our partners at Bo’ness Recreating Centre, British Shooting and Gun Trader as well as the volunteers, schools, parents and most importantly young athletes who supported the event and contributed towards making an excellent atmosphere on the day.”
Two days later the South East Championships took place at Whitgift School, South Croydon. which saw further fantastic performances with shoot-offs to decide the medals.
With 90 entries representing 39 different schools it meant the event was packed with energy, anticipation and excitement.
Kara Mitchell (Minster in Sheppey Primary School), George McEwen (Woking High School) and Maddie Barnes (Steyning Grammar School) took the Junior, Intermediate and Senior titles respectfully.
Aldro, Woking High School and Rookwood took the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Team titles respectfully.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events & Commercial said: “The atmosphere that Event Coordinator Jeanette Leivers and her team created was fantastic. The welcoming, fun, friendly atmosphere is exactly what the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships is all about. And, of course, the true competitive spirit!”
The packed week was rounded off in Carmarthenshire, with the Welsh Shooting Schools Championships, where athletes travelled from far and wide to enjoy the Welsh welcome. Further individual and team quota places were won for the National Final in Stoke Mandeville in January.
Ysgol Dyffryn Taf took both the Junior and Senior Team titles, with the team from Ysgol Bro Gwaun taking the Intermediate.
An outstanding performance in the Final saw Lucida Evans crowned the individual Junior Champion. Emily Pascoe won the Intermediate gold to add to her South West Championship title she won a few weeks previously and Lucy Thomas narrowly beat Emily Shawyer to claim the Senior Champion.
Alan Green, Development Manager for Welsh Target Shooting Federation, said: “Welsh Shooting is very pleased to see an increase in competitor numbers at this years’ championships. We congratulate all the competitors on their successes and hope they all had a fun day. We particularly thank all the volunteers who helped not only on the day but prior to it, without their help the championships would not happen. Welsh Shooting also thank Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, GO Sport Carmarthen and British Shooting for their continued partnership in delivering the championship.”
Next stop for the Championships is St. Felix School, Southwold for the East of England leg.
For all the results from this week’s events, and up to date lists of the automatic National Finalists and Championships Reserves lists, click on the links below.