Multiple DTL champion Paul Chaplow, of Norton in Yorkshire, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for ‘services to Clay Pigeon Shooting’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the award will be presented to Paul at a later date by the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. Paul and his wife, Pat, will also be invited to one of the Queen’s garden parties when they resume next year.
Paul heard about the award by email, and initially thought it was a hoax. “Because you have to accept by a certain date, I got a phone call from the House of Commons asking if I was declining, so I was overwhelmed to be honest!” he said.
Paul took up clay shooting in the late 80s after leaving school, first joining the CPSA in 1988. He is known for his ability to shoot perfect DTL scores of 100/300, which he has done more than 160 times so far.
He has been a member of the England DTL team since 2003, representing England at Home International, European, and World championships dozens of times in his career.
In 2015 he was named the CPSA’s Clay Shooter of the Year, and in 2018 was given the CPSA’s Special Contribution Award for ‘outstanding individual contribution to the sport’.
The British Empire Medal is awarded ‘for meritorious service’, and was instituted by King George V back in 1917. Recipients of it are entitled to use the letters BEM after their name.