Sponsors? Check. Prescription shooting glasses? All present and correct. Polo shirt!? It looks like Mitchell Brooker-Smith is starting the season in style
The competition season is finally here, but a lot has happened in the off-season. As I have mentioned in the past, I have gone from strength to strength to train in all sorts of ghastly conditions that have come my way. This brings me to the present.
In the same week that I received my prescription shooting lenses, I also travelled up to Redditch to talk with a distribution company regarding support for the upcoming competition season.
Oakland International were kind enough to sponsor me in 2018 and it’s fair to say that without their help I wouldn’t have been able to train nearly as much as I did. The financial support that they gave me went towards ammunition, fees, competition entry and training.
I had to meet the CEO and his advisor to give a presentation on my passion for shooting, what my sport consists of, and how they could help me achieve my goals. Thankfully, I received the support I needed and I’m even more pleased to have them standing by me for my 2019 season!
Now I’ve got my prescription lenses, I have decided it’s time to make some other changes too, which I believe will give me an advantage in future. As a few of you know I mostly train at South Wales 2000 shooting ground, where I have been fortunate enough to receive sponsorship.
I have recently been having issues with my cartridges; there is no doubt that the Fiocchi TT2 is one of the best cartridges out there, but I have had problems with them in training that I considered to be too costly. Mike Amodeo, the owner of South Wales 2000, was kind enough to sponsor me with cartridges he supplies at the ground.
I am now using Cheddite Drago Skeet and the occasional Cheddite Universal Trench. Many thanks to Mike for his support going into the 2019 season.
One last topic I’d like to talk about is clothing. I have a unique taste when it comes to clothes and this is something I rarely see in shooting, especially Olympic Skeet.
Shooters seldom wear polo shirts in OSK, as they claim the collar disrupts the gun lift into the shoulder. Obviously, that is a matter of choice; everyone has their own preferences. I like polo shirts because the thick material keeps my body warm when combined with a thermal skin.
They also look smart in the warmer months compared to a T-shirt. I think that a collar makes a huge difference to your appearance on and off the shooting range.
By the time you read this I will have shot my first domestic competition of the year on 30-31 March. I look forward to keeping you updated with the results! Fingers crossed that all my hard winter training will pay off!
Mitchell Brooker-Smith is a promising young British shooter. He is 15 years old and comes from Gloucestershire. Having started shooting at the age of 12, he now shoots Olympic Skeet for England.