Two years on from British Shooting introducing Target Sprint to the GB national sporting calendar the ISSF is bringing an International event to the UK as part of the Target Sprint GB Festival 2018.
Taking place at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex in Bristol from 5th – 7th October, the Festival will feature three separate Target Sprint events, as well as an opportunity for spectators to watch and gain an insight into this “sport for all”. We are also delighted to welcome Air Arms as the official event partner.
Target Sprint is a heart racing, exhilarating sport for all, which combines running and target shooting, athleticism with skill and accuracy, where the first past the post wins.
As well as the ISSF event which will see athletes from all over the world travel to the UK to compete, British Shooting will also host the final of the Target Sprint National Series, as well as the Open GB Championships in which anyone can take part.
Speaking ahead of the Festival, British Shooting Event and Commercial Co-ordinator, said: “I’m astounded by the speed at which Target Sprint is developing in Great Britain and is evidence that there is a real demand for the sport. This growth is thanks largely to a fantastic team of volunteers who are rolling out events, coaching and GB Squad programmes in the UK. As well as the tremendous support of the team at Air Arms.
“Having the first ISSF Target Sprint event in Great Britain is really exciting, as we as an organisation strive towards becoming a world-leading shooting nation.”
The festival will be a fantastic celebration of Target Sprint internationally and nationally in 2018, where we welcome spectators to join us in watching the exhilarating races unfold.
Winner of last year’s Target Sprint National Series and now a member of the GB International Squad, Emily Shawyer, cannot wait for the Festival. She said: “I am really looking forward to competing at the British ISSF World Tour Event.
“The Target Sprint Festival will be a great opportunity for up-and-coming British athletes and those interested in all aspects of this exciting shooting sport to experience a world class competition.
“After the thrill of competing in Italy, Germany and Netherlands where I have been made to feel so welcome, it will be lovely to return the hospitality to the international athletes.”
For more information on each specific event, please see below:
ISSF World Tour Target Sprint
British Shooting will be selecting a GB Team to compete, as per the current selection policy, from the athletes part of the current GB Squad.
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National Series Final
The 2018 Series has been bigger and better than ever with eight qualifying events leading up to the final that will take place on Sunday 7th October.
The top five athletes at each of the qualifying events in the individual categories have won quota place and qualified for the National Final to see who will be crowned Target Sprint National Champion.
If you would like to qualify for the National Final or have another competition opportunity to prepare for the Finals, visit www.TargetSprint.com/events to see the upcoming competitions.
Open Great British Championships
On Friday 5th October the event welcomes anyone from Great Britain and international athletes to enter and will be run to ISSF rules. This is your chance to compete against a potential international field.
Awards will be presented for the Open category and Confined athletes from Great Britain only. The age categories will be Men Junior, Women Junior, Men and Women.