British Shooting is delighted to announce an exciting new addition to the 2017 domestic shotgun competition calendar.
The British Shooting Shotgun Grand Final is the first of its kind in the UK and will see the best GB shotgun shooters competing against one another. The winner of the event will shoot for the title of British Shooting Grand Final Champion.
The inaugural event will take place from 6th – 8th October at Fauxdegla Shooting Ground in Wrexham, Wales and will provide spectators with the chance to watch Olympians and world medalists shoot against each other. The athletes will be competing for the overall prize of British Shooting Grand Final Champion.
Entry for both spectators and athletes will be supplemented by British Shooting making it completely free to either take part or support the shooters and enjoy the live action.
What’s more, British Shooting has formed an exciting partnership with UNILAD Sport, who will become a broadcast partner for the competition. This means the finals on Sunday 8th will be streamed live via UNILAD Sport’s Facebook site - an online social media channel that shares video content that receives over 3 billion views every month. Live feed audiences have reached half a million in the past, so this is a great opportunity for the sport, and athletes to reach new audiences.
The competition will bring together the top 18 male, and top 12 female Olympic Trap shooters in the UK, and the top 12 male, and top 6 female athletes from Olympic Skeet
Both men and women will compete over 125 targets + final, as well as the all new mixed discipline which sees genders competing together. There will also be the opportunity for disabled athletes to compete on the day in a Para-clay event.
The focus of the event is to bring the best shooters in the UK together, but still allow everyone a chance to qualify. Qualification will be determined by combining each athlete’s best three finishing placings taken from a defined list of events through 2017. This will include both international and major domestic competitions and gives any athlete who shoots throughout the year the chance to qualify.
The list of events that will be considered can be found below - and a subsequent live qualification ranking will be regularly published to show the ‘Race to the Grand Final’ and build the excitement levels towards the event itself.
British Shooting Chief Executive, Hamish McInnes, said: “I'm delighted that British Shooting is putting on this exciting new event to give our leading shotgun athletes a top class competition to test themselves against the best in the country. We have been working really hard to ensure our athletes are as prepared as possible when shooting in ISSF competition and the Shotgun Grand Final is just the start of a journey to help raise standards in competitions in the UK.
“The event is open to spectators and for those who can't make it, I'm excited by the plans to livestream the event on social media with UniLad Sport.”
“Finally, it is great that we have been able to partner with our hosts Fauxdegla shooting ground which is one of the best shooting grounds in the UK."
Fauxdegla Shooting Ground Owner, Mike Faux, said: “Fauxdegla is very proud to be hosting such an event and would encourage everyone to attend and enjoy watching champions at their best.”