Southern Schools 10m Air Pistol Champs
On Wednesday October 12th, we visited Leweston School in Dorset for the Southern Schools 10m Air Pistol Championships. The first of the two-part qualification series drew approximately 161 young athletes from 50 schools who travelled as far as from London, Cornwall and South Wales.
After their 20 qualification shots, the top 8 participants followed the standard ISSF format, of a side-by-side shoot-out, where the last athlete to remain took first place. The top finalists of the day included Seren Thorne from the Junior category, Lucy Thomas from the Intermediate category and Ryan Gauld from the Senior category.
The pool of talented athletes was widespread across the age groups which spanned from year 6 to year 13, which brought some athletes into an intense tie breaking shoot outs. Several participants were able to utilize their Pony Club, Modern Pentathlon and Scouts backgrounds to their advantage, which gave them an extra edge when handling and shooting the pistol. These particular sporting backgrounds have proved to be a great way to get involved in shooting, and will be an excellent form of practice for our finalists competing in January!
Both the top eight individual participants and top two teams have qualified for the National Final in Cardiff on the 25th of January at the Sport Wales National Centre results of the day can be found below.
Athletes who competed at Leweston School on Wednesday for the Southern event are welcome to compete at the second and last qualifying competition for the 10m Air Pistol Championships. This is the Northern Schools Championships on Wednesday, November 23rd at Ellesmere College in Shropshire. Participants should note that athletes who choose to compete in both Northern and Southern competitions, and have qualified for the individual final, cannot claim a second place as a finalist at Ellesmere College.
Entries for the Northern Championships will be open until the 14th of November. The event will be an excellent opportunity for students to explore the sport of shooting in a fun, safe atmosphere with other young shooters of all abilities. It is also a great opportunity for finalists to prepare for the National Final in Cardiff and their talent to be identified by the British Shooting Head Pistol Coach, Steve Pengelly.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events and Projects Co-ordinator, remarked on the exciting day at Leweston:
There was a great atmosphere as everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the day.
We learnt a lot from the event, and we are excited to see the great breadth of talented participants representing their schools. Also in anticipation of the Northern competition as this is the first time we have held a competition like this in the area. The Final in Cardiff will be a great Championships if the talent found at the Southern competition is anything to go by!
The team at British Shooting would like to thank Leweston School for hosting such a successful event, all the helpers from local clubs & the British Pistol Club for their assistance and look forward to seeing even more athletes join us in Shropshire for the next competition in the two part qualification series!
Results from the Southern Schools 10m Air Pistol Championships, organised by name, school and score:
1: Seren Thorne Ysgol Bro Gwaun 167
2: Darcy Dryden Leweston School 165
3: Lily Amor Leweston School 147
4: Emily Pascoe Plympouth College 129
5: Jack Emmett Kentisbeare Primary School 110
6: Vivien Taylor Leweston School 92
7: Jessica Stevens Leweston School 72
8: Austin Burrow Ysgol GyfunGwry 53
1: Vivian Taylor 167
2: Lily Amor 162
3: Darcy Dryden 151
1: Jessica Stevens 150
2: Issy Colwell 149
3: Flora Spenlove Brown 144
1: Lucy Thomas Glan-Y Mor Comprehensive School 177
2: Finlay Scott Writhington 170
3: Charlotte Hicks Callington Community School 147
4: Rebecca Warland The Thomas Hardye School 130
5: Megan Jones Bro Myrddin 107
6: Elektra Covell Leweston School 93
7: Haydn Bennett Downlands Community School 77
8: Alice Sismanovic Millfield 57
1: Alice Sismanair 164
2: Aurelio Catipa 161
3: Martine Scott 160
1: Megan Jones 164
2: Celyn Yate 161
3: Jac Lewis 141
1: Ryan Gauld Millfield 178
2: James Miller Glyn School 175
3: Portia Manson Leweston School 158
4: Emma ONeil Glyn School 141
5: Katie Duffy Writhlington Academy 123
6: Steffan Herdman Ysgol Bro Myrddin 97
7: Libby Tolley Leweston School 75
8: Oliver Bowler Alton College 56
1: Ryand Gauld 179
2: Abbey Lebus 165
3: Nick Laws 150
1: James Miller 177
2: Emma ONeil 167
3: Kieran Gall 145