It’s the final countdown for the Tokyo Paralympic and Olympic Games! We’re thrilled at British Shooting to welcome in this new exciting year for sport and all the opportunities that lie ahead especially for Target Sprint.
2020 promises to be an exciting year, with a number of developments for Target Sprint from previous years.
Target Sprint Safety Certificate
We’re excited to launch the new annual Target Sprint Safety Certificate and annual Certificate renewal. It’s a British Shooting requirement that athletes need to have a current Safety Certificate in order to compete in British Shooting permitted events and be eligible for GB Team Selection.
Renewal: All athletes who attained a Safety Certificate in 2018 and 2019 are eligible to simply renew their Certificate online at a cost of £10.
First time: As in previous years Target Sprint Educators, Leaders and Accredited British Shooting personnel can sign off athlete’s Safety Certificates who are doing this for the first time.
However, NEW to 2020 is the requirement for these athletes to register their Safety Certificate online free of charge in order for the Safety Certificate to be valid.
The 2020 domestic calendar consists of the National Series and Super League.
Similar to the 2019 season, all age groups have separate male and female categories and the National Series has separate age groups where medals will be awarded for Youth, Juniors and Seniors.
NEW to 2020 is the separate Master’s age group, where medals are awarded. This is for adults aged 45 years and older. As a result of the growth of Target Sprint, for the National Series this age group stands alone from the Men’s and Women’s categories and see’s the age parameter develop to 45 years and older to align with other sports in the UK.
For the 2020 season, the Super League age groups remains the same as 2019 with only the Junior and Senior age groups for men and women. Athletes who are “youth” or “master” will be noted in on the event results in the Junior and Senior categories respectfully.
National Series News!
We’re thrilled to have 9 events across the country including the Schools, Cadets, Scouts and Welsh Championships, all of which will qualify athletes for the National Final on Sunday 2nd August at Bisley, Surrey.
NEW for 2020: The National Series welcomes all athletes to take part, however, athletes who have been selected to compete for Great Britain in the 2018, 2019 and current season may only compete for honours. We welcome all athletes to take part, however, the previously selected GB Team athletes won’t be eligible to win event medals or have the opportunity to qualify for the National Final. Their performances will only be listed in the event results.
We’re extremely grateful of the continued support from British Airgun Manufacturer, Air Arms of Target Sprint. We’re thrilled to continue to enable athletes to enter a British Shooting event without their own air rifle and be able to borrow equipment from the organiser. Thanks to the support of Air Arms, equipment supplied by the event organisers will likely be an Air Arms MPR or equivalent.
For 2020 the National Series Equipment Rules have been aligned to the Super League and ISSF, enabling athletes to compete with any air rifle that complies with the equipment rules.
Super League News!
The Super League returns, and we’re delighted to welcome a new competition to the Super League Series in the Isle of Wight. This brings the total of events to 9, including the British Championships where athletes can win double Super League Points to add to their season’s tally on the Super League Scoreboard.
Richard Wilson, Isle of Wight Target Sprint Event Organiser said: “We’re really excited to be part of the Super League Series and for the island’s target sprint athletes to put all their winter training into practice. We look forward to welcoming mainland competitors to the event, to take on our athletes in a fun competitive contest for the medals and valuable Super League Points!”
All the Super League events and the British Championships are accredited competitions where athlete’s performances will be recorded on the NEW GB Ranking List.
GB Ranking List News!
As of 1st January 2020, GB Rankings for Target Sprint are based on an athlete’s average time of their fastest three performances in a rolling 12month period.
This brings the GB Rankings into alignment with the other Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun disciplines in Great Britain.
British Shooting would like to thank Stephen Batchelor, GB Selector and Educator for being instrumental in enabling this GB Ranking development.
GB Team News!
GB representational opportunities for the 2020 season are yet to be confirmed, however provisionally an ISSF World Tour is being planned with events in Italy, Hungary, Great Britain and Germany.
Further information will be announced on the Target Sprint website and facebook page, following confirmation from the ISSF.
GB Team Selection News:
Following the success of the 2019 international season, the Target Sprint GB Selection Panel chaired by Gorgs Geikie, plan to select a team of athletes per international event at least 8 weeks prior to each event itself. Selection dates will be announced following the confirmation of the international opportunities available.
The new ranking list will form part of the selection process and athletes will need to have attained an MCT on 3 occasions in the previous 12 months to the date of selection.
Team Management will be selected by the British Shooting and announced with the team selection.
British Championships and National Series Final:
We excited to bring the 2020 Target Sprint season to a climax in the heart of the Tokyo Olympic programme at Bisley, Surrey and will be a weekend to celebrate our shooting sport for all.
The British Championships is open to all UK athletes and all Guests from overseas. All non-British athletes will be competing as a Guest and eligible for podium positions and Super League Points alongside British athletes. Additional medals will be awarded to the top three British athletes in each age/gender category.