After competing against other schools at a Target Sprint event at College, six pupils were selected to compete in the inaugural national finals at the Wales National Sports Centre, with Harry Stevens (2016, Xt) coming first in the Men’s Open and Ali Pearce (5th, Xt) coming first in the Men’s U18s championship. In the U15 category, Rob Caesar (5th, S) came fourth and Tommy Haddock (4th, H) placed fifth.
Target Sprint is a relatively new shooting discipline, with the official rules released by the International Shooting Sport Federation in 2013. It combines mid-distance running and rifle shooting, so participants need to have precision as well as high levels of fitness. In the competition at Cheltenham College, pupils had to run three 400m distances, stopping in between each at a 10-metre rifle range to knock down targets. The first one to cross the finish line won!
Head of Shooting at Cheltenham College said, “The event was a resounding success for all the pupils that participated. We were very lucky that so many GB Shooting coaches and athletes were available to impart their knowledge and experience at the qualifiers at College in March, and this was evident in the rate of progress that was seen in the standard of shooting. I am delighted that our pupils did so well!”