The first South East Schools Pistol Championships was an overwhelming success, with talented performances from all 110 entrants who attended.
Athletes, parents, school teachers, coaches, event staff and spectators converged on Bookham Rifle Club and contributed to the fun, informative and competitive environment.
A number of outstanding performances were identified, namely James Miller representing Glyn School, who was the highest scoring athlete of the day in the Qualification round as well as Final, taking the Senior title and qualifying for the National Final. James was also part of the Senior Gold medal winning team from Glyn School and is part of the South East Regional Pistol Squad (SERPS).
Another outstanding performance came from Steyning Grammar School, led by former GB and England pistol shooter, Jim Newsome. Being a recently ISSF D Class coach, Jim is now moving into a coaching role. Inspired by the Schools Pistol Championships, Jim approached Steyning Grammar School to participate and was surprised and delighted with the level of response.
Jim said: “Communications were sent out by the school to their students and parents, and immediately they received over 50 positive responses. Many had never shot before and others had some experience in the Scouts.
“The South-East Talent Network were really helpful and supportive, connecting me with Regional coaches and facilities I didn’t know existed, such as the Target Shooting School in Leatherhead. From there I was able to put together some training days for the students and I'm hoping we can set up a regular pistol club at the school as well. I’m looking forward to helping the next generation.”
Steyning Grammar returned to school as South-East Junior and Intermediate Team Champions, as well as in the Intermediate category, Maddy Barnes winning bronze and Jack Lovett attaining sixth place.
British Shooting’s Event Coordinator Gorgs Geikie, said: “I’d like to say thank you to Bookham Rifle Club, for hosting the event especially due to the late change of venue. The Target Shooting School for their support of the event and British Pistol Club for their sponsorship.”