It’s been a fantastic year for the UK’s clay shooters, and the Clay Shooting team is proud to bear witness to your national and international achievements. The Olympic successes of the past decade have made more people aware of clay shooting as a valued and respectable sport, and we wish to support this further by helping to nominate George for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The event will be celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Though the nomination list has not yet been finalised, we can be almost certain that no other candidate will have ruled their chosen sport for as long as George Digweed has with clay shooting.
A month rarely goes by in Clay Shooting when George Digweed’s name is not mentioned for one outstanding win or another. Having taken his 22nd world title at this year’s World ICTSF English Sporting Championship in Canada, deadeye Digweed has come a long way since he started shooting at the age of 12. Under his belt are a series of world cups, European championships and numerous High Gun titles in English Sporting, FITASC Sporting and Compak. With world success spanning four decades, his collection of titles is unmatched by athletes of other sports.
Considering the range of disciplines he shoots and the achievements we have witnessed, George has arguably had the most successful tenure of any athlete over the same period of time. He is also committed to supporting charity events, making personal appearances, and giving shooting demonstrations and personal coaching in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, the Lord’s Taverners, and the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance. He also donates a large number of items to one-off charitable events, including competition back numbers, signed hats, signed bottles of George Digweed champagne and shirts.
Whereas many other sports see their stars fade by their early-30s, clay shooting benefits from a more equal footing for all ages. George has maintained his dominance year after year. He has called 2013 his “best year yet,” but relatively few members of the general public have heard his name, despite his success.
It is you, our Clay Shooting readers, who will make this campaign a success, giving George and clay shooting the national prestige they deserve. If you are on Twitter, please use the hashtag #GeorgeDigweedSPOTY. Facebook followers can sign up to the event ‘George Digweed BBC SPOTY’. If you visit the Clay Shooting website, fill in our survey and we will send off the list of names of people who want to see our sport’s greatest ambassador on national television to the BBC. Together we will project our united voice in a bid for George Digweed to be nominated as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.