Day two of the European Championships in Baku brought two great results from our junior shooters.
James Dedman took gold in Junior Double Trap and Cameron Pirouet took bronze in Junior Prone Rifle.
It was Pirouet’s debut representing GB on the international stage and he certainly took it in his stride against the best that Europe has to offer in junior rifle shooting.
With a final score of 226.0 and a grand total score of 617.0 the young shooter was delighted with his performance which saw him beaten by only Hungary’s Zalan Pekler and Croatia’s Borna Petanjek.
Speaking after the medal ceremony, the shooter from Jersey, said: “It's a fantastic feeling to win bronze on my first time representing GB. I need to give my parents a ring to let
them know – I’m not sure they’ll believe me when I tell them! Getting in the
final was great but the medal was a very nice bonus.
“I went into the final and my first series was
terrible leaving me in eighth spot, so that made me more determined to come back and win. I
was focussing on how I was going to catch the others up before every shot. I had a strong middle
section which brought me up to fight for the medals.
"It's been a great experience for me to travel to Baku to compete on the European stage and being able to travel as part of British Shooting with all the other disciplines has been really special.”
Dedman also performed fantastically at the Championships and despite still being a young shooter, he called upon the wealth of experience he has already accumulated to finish top after the first five series', with scores of 25, 25, 27, 30 and 28, leaving him with a total of 135.
He did not let the prospect of a gold medal shoot-off faze him when he took on Italy’s Jacopo Depre De Foresta and after a close fought contest, Dedman came out on top on the 11th double of the duel.
Speaking after winning gold, Dedman said: "Awesome is thee only word to describe it. We don’t know if it is the last time Double Trap will appear on the European stage so it’s great to have won.
"Since yesterday, it’s been horrendously windy with the wind coming at us, then the wind came behind us today. Everyone is in the same boat when the weather is like that and those who adapt the fastest come out on top.
"When I missed one of the clays in the final, I thought that was it, but then he missed too. I then missed again and I could just imagine my coach Pete (Wilson) not being very happy - but luckily he missed again.
"After that I thought I was the luckiest man alive and was focussed on not doing it again."