The first-ever Trap 5 World Championship was held at the O’Pinhal in the south of Portugal in the beautiful Algarve region on 3-4 September. A group of 30 shooters represented Britain at the event and a selection shoot for the team took place on 1 September over 50 targets, where David Lloyd shot 50-straight.
The team comprised Sue Bate, Jacqui Poole and Nicola Heron on the Ladies squad. Veterans was made up of Steve Dawkes, Ray Sutton and JJ Reilly, and Marcus Iddon, David Lloyd and Nick Dean represented the Senior team. A shoot-off was required to get into the Senior team and under this pressure Nick Dean put in an amazing 25-straight.
It was an incredibly high scoring competition due to the number of experienced international competitors present. In the Open category there were nine shooters on 145, eight on 146, three on 147, five on 148 and one on 149. In order to enter the six-man flash final you needed a score of 148 or more. No Brits made it into the final, despite several of them shooting 25-straight across several rounds.
The Seniors came home with team bronze, Veterans won silver as did Britain’s Ladies. Paraclay shooter Paul Bailey had his first ever 25 straight in international competition, and Sue Bate won the back-number draw for the Browning shotgun.
The final was an all-Portugal affair, with José Carvalho coming out on top with 24ex-25 to finish with 172 in total.