The School Target Sprint Championships was a great success on Tuesday evening. The event took place alongside the CCRS & NRA Schools Meeting, where schools from all over the country headed for Bisley.
65 athletes took part in the Target Sprint competition, which was a National Series qualifying event. A number of these athletes were completely new to the sport and were provided with equipment from our National Series sponsor, Air Arms, to use on the day.
Students and teachers ranging from 12-40+ years old enjoyed the warm friendly inviting atmosphere of the event, thanks to the team helping on the day.
(Photograph of Issy Bailey, GB Paralympian 2016 – Pistol).
The event was open to any student or teacher to enter and saw Caitlin Keaney from Penair Secondary School in Cornwall take the Youth Girls Championship in a time of 5mins 39secs. Local athlete Jenna Culshaw from Woking High School Claimed silver and Elizabeth Ryan from Queen Anne’s School Caversham took bronze.
Amy Cook from Wycliffe College was crowned the Junior Women’s Champion and recorded the fastest female time of the day, 5mins 30secs. Amy and Caitlin had just set foot back in the UK following competition in the German Championships the weekend previously.
Daryna Tryndiuk (Lancing College) and Bethany Edwards (The Hammond, Chester) took silver and bronze respectfully.
The Senior Women’s Champion was Diana Mykhaylychenko from Lancing College, who qualifies for the National Series Final in September, along with the top 5 placed athletes in all the age/gender categories.
The Youth Men’s class was a strong category, with Luke Holcroft from Woking High School taking gold. Luke had previously qualified for the National Series Final, so the athletes placed 2nd to 6th all qualified for the National Series Final.
Dan Harris from Wycliffe College was crowned Junior Men’s Schools Target Sprint Champion with also the fastest male performance of the event, 6mins 22secs. This a fantastic achievement being a novice to the sport. Taking silver and bronze respectfully were Charlie Howard (Charterhouse) and Charlie Jones (Wycliffe College).
Lancing College from Sussex had strong athletes in all the categories but particularly in the Senior Men’s class, with Ed Compton and Alistair Coakes taking gold and silver. A talented college to watch in the future as this was the first time they had taken part in Target Sprint. Blaise Fenn (Tonbridge School), also a first timer claimed placed third.
The Team Champions were Wycliffe College (Amy Cook, Dan Harris, Charlie Jones). Wycliffe College have been involved with Target Sprint from 2016 when they hosted a Target Sprint event at their school and have been producing a number of talented athletes ever since.
British Shooting were thrilled to collaborate with the Cadet Council for Rifle Shooting (CCRS), National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) to deliver the Target Sprint Schools Championships and would like to thank all those involved.
Gorgs Geikie, British Shooting Events and Commercial Coordinator said; “It’s great that this competition is looking like being an annual fixture in the calendar!
“We would also like to congratulate the NRA on their 150-year anniversary of the Imperial Meeting and we were delighted to join in the celebrations with these Target Sprint School Championships. It’s fantastic our sport of shooting is steeped in history and exciting to see the next generation of athletes getting involved.”
FULL RESULTS – Individual
FULL RESULTS – Team
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