British Shooting seek Olympic talent

British Shooting have announced new talent recruitment day dates for shotgun disciplines in September and October 2015.

Athletes aged 14–25, male or female, are invited to attend the day, including those who shoot in non-Olympic disciplines such as Down the Line (DTL) and sporting.

British Shooting are conducting the talent search as part of the Target Tokyo initiative, supported by UK Sport and the National Lottery, and can already claim to have found some potential stars through the programme.

Nathan Hales

Recent ‘finds’ include current GB Academy athlete Nathan Hales, who transferred into Olympic Trap from Helice 12 months ago, becoming a World Junior Bronze medalist within months.

Nathan Hales, speaking to British Shooting, said: “The Pathway has provided me with excellent training opportunities and I feel that I have really progressed as a result of the help I received from the GB coaches.

“The transition from my previous shooting discipline, Helice, was not easy but I was able to quickly adapt to Olympic Trap and it has been great to see my hard work rewarded with some fantastic scores and performances both domestically and internationally.”

Similarly, international-level shooter and Olympic hopeful Matt Coward-Holley transitioned from DTL into Olympic Double Trap with the scheme.

Dean Leak, talent pathway manager, said: “It has been excellent to see how well the athletes within the British Shooting Academy, talent and regional programmes have been progressing.

“This has been evident in each individual’s progression, performance scores and maturity. Creating good learning environments through domestic training camps and exposure to international training and competitions is allowing athletes to develop behaviours required to develop into a high-level Olympic shooter.

“Recruiting new talent into our programmes will remain a key priority. I urge anyone who has a passion for clay target shooting and has a dream to become the next Peter Wilson or Amber Hill, get involved!”

For further information visit the British Shooting website.

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