Hello 2014! Training and working has started with gusto after an enjoyed Christmas break! Being at home meant I've been able to step up my physical training, riding my horse, running and riding my bike predominantly. Devon and Dartmoor are great places to enable me to enjoy this and seek great benefit towards my overall training! :-) A short break from technical shooting for a week has meant January and 2014 will go off with a BANG!
Shooting4England 2013 was a great success across the South West of England. For the first time, the sport of Shooting was taken to schools in the form of the inspirational role model Olympian Gorgs Geikie, educating and inviting the students to participate. This progressed across schools in Dorset, Somerset, Cornwall and Devon, as well as involving Pony Clubs and Scouts in the Region.
The programme climaxed in the central location of Okehampton Smallbore Rifle Range, when the Regional Final was held. Young people who had qualified from the Introductory Weekends in their area, where invited to attend and resulted in a tense final that went down to the very last shot.
Congratulations to our Regional Champion Charlotte Hicks, Silver medallist Annabelle Evans and Bronze medallist Heidi Littlejohns, who are all Pony Club Tetrathletes showing obvious skills in the single event of Pistol Shooting. Further congratulations extend to Max Warren, who won the Most Improved prize from his Introductory Weekend competition score, in comparison to his Final Qualification score. Shooting4England, led by Gorgs Geikie achieved all it's intensions, to "Inspire the Next Generation."
"I would just like to thank all those people that helped to make this Shooting4England programme as successful as it was. In-turn I hope those volunteers have been inspired to continue to be involved with the sport, as without support of sport, the Next Generation can not shine," says Gorgs.