In challenging conditions at the new National Shooting Centre, Scotland, Austin not only won, but did so with a perfect 200/600.
It has been a difficult weekend of shooting, as competitors were stalwart through strong winds, heavy rain, and over-running time frames, with shooting continuing past 9pm at times.
Austin’s win was the climax of a full itinerary of events, starting with the Home International, followed by the British Open, and ending with the 2 day Europeans.
England had a tough start, with only the Junior team taking the top of the podium, and the Seniors losing out to a mighty Northern Ireland at the Home International. Phil Morgan was High Gun of the Match on 298 after a shoot-off.
England pulled back for the British Open, almost having a clean sweep with the Senior, Veteran, Super Vet and Junior teams all claiming victory, with only the Ladies missing out to Ireland.
High Gun was Northern Ireland’s Wayne Balfour after a shoot-off on 299, while Scotland’s Carrie Smith took her second Ladies title in 2 days.
Austin claimed the European title outright with a pair of 300s, with Paul Chaplow propping him up on the podium in silver position with 596.
For a full report, see the September issue of Clay Shooting Magazine.