Six College pupils took part in the Schools Olympic Experience in partnership with British Shooting, with the aim of providing a competitive format that introduces schools to Olympic style shooting and provides them with a pathway into this. The experience was organised by Christian Schofield, GB Academy Head Coach, and hosted by Ian Coley's Shooting School (the previous GBR Head Shotgun Coach).
The day consisted of a trap competition using DTL targets but run on the Olympic Trap system, including finals with flash targets - you could feel the tension building! There was also 10-metre pistol runs by Gorgs Geikie, the GBR 2012 Olympian, and rifle with Jack Bale from the rifle GB Academy, with a prize for the top rifle and pistol combined scores.
College entered Ollie Palmer (U6, L), the defending champion, as well as Kieran Thorley (5th, BH), Christian Campbell (4th, BH), Ben Southall (4th, BH), Alfie Weston (4th, BH) and Tom Hartley (4th, H). The boys did very well with Ollie, Christian and Kieran making the final with scores of 42, 41 and 40. Tom Hartley narrowly missed out with 36 and Alfie and Ben with 28 put in strong performances for their first attempt at this discipline. After another round of shooting, Ollie defended his title in the gold medal match and won silver - a great achievement for him and the club.
In the air rifle competition Tom Hartley impressed with a gold medal position which when combined with his pistol score saw him come third overall. This has seen Tom ask to attend a GB shooting selection course in the future. Things certainly look very bright for the future of College shooting.