From North to South of the country, Target Sprint was being enjoyed by one and all.
The Northern Shooting Show saw the British Shooting Team lead by Doug Pepper and the North West Regional Centre, supporting Air Arms on the Air Arms Experience.
The public flocked to the Northern Shooting Show held at the Great Yorkshire Showground near Harrogate for the 3rd year in succession. The ever-increasing show welcomed more people than ever, who all had the opportunity to have a go on the Air Arms Experience, where our fantastic team gave people an insight into Target Sprint and our other airgun disciplines.
Saturday also saw the Scout & Open Championships National Series Races take place in Southampton, kindly hosted by the Target Sprint Hub 21st Romsey Scout & Rifle Club.
Stephen Batchelor, Target Sprint Educator and GB Selector coordinated the event and said; “Our 5th year of this Target Sprint competition and anther great turn out. It’s fantastic to see many people returning to compete again year on year and to see so many new faces trying this great sport for all that it is.
“The layout of the venue changed slightly this year, as we moved the shooting outdoors. We used the 49.5mm targets over the 10m distance to ensure consistency was maintained across the national series competitions.
“Thanks go out to the athletes, parents and supporters and all those who volunteered for their time, without whom the competition simply would not have run. Importantly, thank you to the spectators for cheering on everyone not only their chosen athlete, proving it to be a friendly, supportive event and fun for all.
“A stand out performance from newcomer Brandon Mulliner, a cross country runner who has decided to try target sprint and loved it putting in a first time of 5 minutes 31 seconds. Other athletes beating their previous times showing that practice pays off and other newcomers enjoying this great sport.
“If you haven’t tried target sprint yet there is still time to enter some of the events, check out the events list www.TargetSprint.com/events for more details.
“Well done to all the athletes whether you achieved a medal, qualified for the National Finals or simply achieved a set goal.”
Further “down south” the South West Championships held in the beautiful Exeter School grounds welcomed athletes from all over the country. Callum Fricker, who travelled down from Manchester, took the Junior Men’s Super League category in style, with local athlete Jonathan Williams from north Devon taking silver.
Many athletes qualified for the National Series Final having only very recently taken up Target Sprint. This included two mums Lucy Woolley and Donna Throgmorton, who were inspired by their children Seth and Erin to give it a go. They both had a fun and very successful competition, as they returned home with a gold, silver and National Series Final qualification places!
Exeter School student Tom Grey was crowned the South West Youth Men Champion and secured his place at the National Series Final. Fellow student Chiyuan Sun took silver having tried Target Sprint for the first time in an Exeter School PE lesson.
Royal Air Force Air Cadets, 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron were represented by Frankie Scullion, Jack Kaczanow and Alex Armstrong who all took on Target Sprint for the first time. Alex put in a strong performance to win silver in the Junior Men’s category and is one to watch in the future.
Scout & Open Championships Super League
The weekend came to a climax back in Southampton with the 21st Romsey Target Sprint Hub, where Sunday provided fantastic performances in the Super League races to earn Super League Points and podium positions.
It was the last chance for athletes to demonstrate their current form on the GB Ranking List ahead of the GB Selectors (Target Sprint) selecting the GB Team for the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint – German Open in July.
Emily Shawyer stood on top of the Junior Women’s podium to continue her dominance in the age group. Whilst Morton van der Schee took the Junior Men’s title.
Rising talent Paul O’Callaghan from Target Sprint Cymru clocked a solid time to seal another gold in the 2019 Super League season.
GB Team Selection will be announced shortly, so what this space!
RESULTS: Scout & Open Championships (National Series) – Saturday 11th May
RESULTS: Scout Target Sprint Championships – Saturday 11th May
RESULTS: South West Championships (National Series and Super League) – Sunday 12th May
RESULTS Scout & Open Championships (Super League) – Sunday 12th May
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