Heading wins Olympic quota place

Aaron Heading (left) celebrates with the other medalists in the OT European Championships

Aaron Heading secured a Tokyo 2020 Quota Place for Team GB by winning Olympic Trap silver at the European Championships in Lonato on Saturday 7 September.

It was one of just two chances the 32-year-old shooter from Lincolnshire had left to secure a place, and he held his nerve magnificently against some of Europe’s best shooters. 

His final score of 44 was enough to see off Italy’s Mauro De Filippis, who had to settle for bronze in the end. It was Croatia’s Jiri Liptak who eventually came out on top of the pack with a score of 46 and secured the gold.

Aaron was absolutely delighted with the result. He said “I’m absolutely over the moon to win a quota place for my country. I’ve been so close, but to finally do it and give something back for my country – it really does mean the world. After everything shooting has given me, I can now give something back.

Aaron and wife Natasha capture the moment with a selfie

He paid tribute to the support team around him, which he said is all made possible thanks to funding they receive from UK Sport and the National Lottery. “I’d like to first thank my entire family. Natasha and my son who are here today. My sponsors Fiocchi and Laporte – I’m just so thankful.”

Aaron’s result means that Team GB now have four quotas in shooting events at Tokyo 2020, with Seonaid McIntosh (50m rifle three positions), Kirsty Barr (Women’s Trap) and Matt Coward Holley (Men’s Trap) already securing theirs.

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