We’ve already taken a look at ten of the best men shooters in the UK. So this time, it’s the women’s turn to step up to the plate…
Welsh Forester Lucy started shooting in her youth and flourished as a member of her university shooting club. She won an individual gold medal at the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Sporting Championships, and she hasn’t looked back since.
Since starting competitive shooting in 2009 she has gained five caps for Great Britain and 16 caps for Wales within Sporting and FITASC. She has medalled four times for Team GB.
Lucy has won English Open FITASC Ladies Champion 2015 and English Open Sporting Ladies Champion 2016, as well as being Ladies runner-up at the British FITASC Grand Prix, the UK FITASC Championship 2016, and the British Open Sporting in 2017.
Lucy shoots a Beretta, and she uses Hull cartridges.
With an impressive list of achievements to date over her long career, Cheryl is the lady to beat and holds the number one ranking in the UK. In Sporting, FITASC and Compak she has proved herself at the highest level at events all around the globe. She has taken the World FITASC Ladies crown twice and the World Sporting and World Compak titles five times. She is known for being a genuine contender for the overall win at many events and is more than capable of mixing it with the top men. In the past she has won the Ladies category by some huge margins and is one of the few shooters to have scored 100 straight in English Sporting. She also won the single biggest cash prize ever collected by a lady shooter when she triumphed in Dubai in 2015.
After starting her career with Gamba, she then moved to Beretta for a spell, and is now a Perazzi shooter. She has shot Hull cartridges for many years.
Herefordshire-based Janine is part of a successful husband and wife team with her partner Andrew, who is himself a former British Open winner. Janine has been sponsored by Caesar Guerini for many years, and she has had an impressive career to date with a large collection of trophies collected from numerous Sporting and FITASC events. She won the Grand Prix FITASC Ladies title twice, in 2011 and 2017, and made the final of the Ladies event in Dubai. She finished fourth in the 2017 World FITASC after losing out to Cheryl Hall in a shoot-off, and has represented Wales and Great Britain on numerous occasions. Friendly and modest, Janine is well liked and respected on the circuit. She is a Hull cartridge user.
A relative latecomer to the sport, Jennie’s interest in clay shooting was piqued while fundraising for the 2012 Olympics.
She’s now well known on the circuit, and recognisable from her distinctive ‘purple’ look, which includes purple Briley chokes adorning the barrels of her Caesar Guerini, through which she shoots Gamebore White Gold. She won Island Games gold medals in English Sporting and Sportrap in 2016 and took the Ladies Prelim win at the ICTSF World Sporting in 2017. Having narrowly missed out on a Compak team place last year, she will look to improve her top ten Sporting ranking in 2018. Coached by John Heagren, Jennie is a determined competitor, regularly travelling from her home on the Isle of Wight to compete. She also organises Femmes Fatales shooting events.
Amy started shooting at her local club when she was eight, under the instruction of Roger Hance. As she got older and more confident she then started having lessons with Cheryl Hall. At the age of 12 she represented Great Britain in Russia at the world championships. She has been in the GB Compak team for the last four years, and in 2017 finished runner-up after losing a shoot-off for the gold. Though still in her teens, Amy carries herself with maturity and is keen to get involved with helping women who are new to the sport. She shoots a Browning and uses Hull cartridges. Her father Phil has been a key factor behind her success, and they both shot together in the England FITASC team in 2016 – the first time that a father and daughter have made the team together.
When it comes to breaking clays it must be in the genes for young Emma: her father Shaun has had a phenomenal career in both Sporting and FITASC, while her mother Gill shot for England.
Her talent has grown rapidly in recent years and her hard work began to pay dividends in 2015 with the first of many Somerset county titles. In 2016 she won the Ladies at the UK FITASC Championship, which she followed up with three caps for England in 2017. This led to her netting the ICTSF Ladies team gold and World English team silver.
She shoots a Krieghoff K-80 and has just become a Hull sponsored shooter for 2018.
A former jockey-turned-motorcycle road racer, Becky has now turned her hand to clay shooting with considerable success. Having become a regular on the Sporting circuit, she has become a FITASC devotee and now also does some coaching. Her work for Edgar Brothers has seen her take on the role of brand ambassador for the Zoli range of shotguns, and she shoots NSI Ammunition. She was crowned British Open Sporting Ladies Champion in 2012 and won the Ladies Grand Prix FITASC title in 2013 and 2014. She has also won the English Open FITASC three times, most recently in 2017. She has represented her country on numerous occasions.
Having grown up as the daughter of a gamekeeper and having been involved with shooting for most of her life, Tanya has a good understanding of every aspect of the sport. Alongside husband Richard, she competes around the world and also helps run Owls Lodge Shooting School. In between looking after her growing family, she has twice shot for England and proved herself to be something of a side-by-side expert, having won six titles at British and European levels. She has also been on the podium on both sides of the Atlantic. She shoots a Caesar Guerini, which she feeds on a diet of Express cartridges.
Brighton-based Hannah was introduced to the sport at the age of 13 by her father, after he eventually gave in to her pleading to let her give shooting a try. Now, a dozen years later, she’s coached by Mark Winser and has made both the Great Britain and England teams in 2017, as well as winning Ladies at the British Open Sportrap. With her constantly improving scores, she was ranked second in English Sporting, something she will want to maintain and improve upon in 2018. Expect to see her and her Krieghoff Parcours become regular visitors to the podium in the coming months and years.
Daughter of keen shot Alastair Moule, Cambridge-based Georgia was ranked third in English Sporting in 2017. Though young, she has built up a wealth of experience from competing in a wide range of events, both at home and abroad. She is now a regular England team member and is coached by John Bidwell and Henry Hopking. Last year saw an impressive run of form, with her winning Ladies in both the English and British Open Sporting events. Georgia shoots a Blaser F3 Vantage and Hull cartridges; her ability to adapt rapidly was proven by her win at the 2018 English Open Compak, which was her first foray into the discipline. A bright future awaits.