It was the turn for the young shots to stand out at the 2020 CPSA Awards; here is our report!
Amy Easeman was crowned Clay Shooter of the Year at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Annual Awards on 1 February at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield.
The junior shooter won the World Compak Lady Champion title in 2019 at the age of 18, a remarkable achievement marked by the prestigious award which in previous years has gone to noted shooters such as Mark Winser, Richard Bunning, Ed Ling and Abbey Ling.
Ami Hedgecock was named Emerging Shooter of the Year, a recognition not only of her championship titles over 2019, but also of her great sportsmanship. The CPSA noted that this was a superb feat for a Colt to have won in a category that is open to all ages.
Former British Schools & Young Shots champion Alfie Tibbles won Young Shot of the Year, in his last year of eligibility for the award as he has just moved up to Juniors and is already winning prizes in that category.
Popular CPSA Referee Tony Axcell was named Sports Personality of the Year, a recognition of his cheerful and professional manner of officiating that exemplifies the best of CPSA referees. Coach of the Year went to Lee Wilcoxson, who gave up his previous career just six years ago to train as a CPSA coach and become a full-time shooting instructor.
Paul Bailey was named Disabled Shooter of the Year, having achieved a series of championship titles over 2019, including wins outside the Disabled category against able-bodied competitors.
Sporting Targets was named Club/Ground of the Year, with Managing Director Andrew Clifton accepting the award on behalf of the ground that he has built over the past 30 years.
John Bidwell and Andy Coppen won the Course Setter Recognition Award, which was particularly a recognition of the excellent British Open English Sporting and Sportrap courses that they set in 2019.
Their courses were praised for their crowd-pleasing qualities that provided an enjoyable event for the less-experienced shooters in attendance, and yet still challenged shooters of the highest level.