West Sussex-based electrician Reece Dunne beat 70 entries to win the Talent Pool at Southdown Shooting School.
The Talent Pool searched for one person to be fully trained to shoot at a top national competition next year, following a series of selection days, shoot-offs and gruelling interviews.
The prize fund includes a loan of a brand new Zoli Z-Sport shotgun, 12 one-to-one professional coaching sessions, membership at Southdown Shooting School, 5,000 NSI cartridges, all entry fees, CPSA membership, branded clothing and even travel expenses. Plus Reece will be personally mentored by Southdown’s head coach Simon Arbuckle.
A relatively inexperienced shot, 24-year old Reece said: “I first picked-up a shotgun just four years ago. It was on a have-a-go stand at a local game fair. I have always been interested in sport, and played a lot of tennis and football in the past, which I guess has helped develop my hand-eye co-ordination. My average is already around 73×100, which is really encouraging. I am so determined and ambitious, I really want to win.”
Southdown’s Shaun Miller, added: “Reece was without question the most committed of all the candidates. He had a positive attitude. The judges also liked the fact he was new to shooting, and showed a lot of natural ability. He really stood out.”