Southern Schools 10m Air Pistol Champs
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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:

Junior Individual 
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

Junior Team
A Team
Leweston School
1: – Vivian Taylor – 167
2: – Lily Amor – 162
3: – Darcy Dryden – 151

B Team
Leweston School
1: – Jessica Stevens – 150
2: – Issy Colwell – 149
3: Flora Spenlove Brown – 144

Intermediate Individual 
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

Intermediate Team
Team A
1: Alice Sismanair – 164
2: Aurelio Catipa – 161
3: Martine Scott – 160

Team B
Bro Myrddin
1: Megan Jones – 164
2: Celyn Yate – 161
3: Jac Lewis – 141

Senior Individual
1: Ryan Gauld – Millfield – 178
2: James Miller – Glyn School – 175
3: Portia Manson – Leweston School – 158
4: Emma O’Neil – 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

Senior Team
Team A
1: Ryand Gauld – 179
2: Abbey Lebus – 165
3: Nick Laws – 150

Team B
Glyn School
1: James Miller – 177
2: Emma O’Neil – 167
3: Kieran Gall – 145
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