The Midlands Target Sprint held Glanfar Stables and Camping, kindly hosted by the Bradbury Family was a huge success at the weekend.
The National Series Qualifying competition saw some fantastic performances and personal bests across the board. The event was a great opportunity for athletes who had already qualified for the National Final held on Sunday 7th October, to gain some additional competition experience. As well as a chance for participants to gain their qualification place for the 2018 series Final.
The warm welcoming atmosphere created by Janine Bradbury, the event coordinator, ensured new/novice athletes to target sprint and their family, friends accompanying them to spectate, had a fun enjoyable experience with a competitive twist.
The outstanding two performances of the day came from Morton Van Der Schee and James Baxter, both athletes who are in the prime of their season ahead of competing as part of the GBR team at the World Championships in Korea next month.
Victoria Bradbury and Emily Shawyer, GBR World Championship 2018 selected athletes were part of the band of volunteers on the day. British Shooting are very proud of these four athletes as they inspire others to join our journey, in their ambassador roles.
The strong junior men line-up also saw great performances from birthday boy Billy North, Oliver Abbott and first timer to the sport Matt Bennett.
The Senior Men category was lead by Paul Skuse with a time of 05:36mins, who narrowly beat Tim Budd (05:49mins).
A number of the athletes competing on Sunday made the short trip down from the newly formed North West Regional Centre and returned with numerous medals and National Final qualification invitations. We look forward to seeing their talents develop and fight for the top podium positions at the Target Sprint GB Festival.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events & Commercial Coordinator said: “The Midlands Championships truly encapsulated the spirit of Target Sprint. A “Sport for All” which welcomes a new audience to our sport of shooting, whilst simultaneously promoting professionalism and competition. This was largely down to Janine and her team who promoted, delivered and went “beyond” to host this wonderful event. Congratulations.”
The medal presentation was concluded with the junior athletes who had recently broken British Records in Suhl, Germany being awarded with their certificates. We look to presenting the senior athletes, Oliver Vass and Rachel McManus with theirs at the next opportunity.