Clay Shooting Summer 2019

Every 4-weeks you will find reviews and reports on the clay shooting scene, as well as technical information of interest to competitors and casual shooters of all levels.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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It’s been another month full of highlights – and for us the standout event must be our own Clay Shooting Classic at Garlands. There’s a full report starting on page 14. It was a full six days of great targets, fantastic shooting and a wonderful festival-like atmosphere. Our tent in the trade village was buzzing as shooters stopped by for a chat on their way to and from the layouts, and I’m grateful for all the compliments and constructive feedback about the event and the magazine. You’ll see that I have, perhaps rashly, printed my email and phone number in the column on the right – that’s because I really do want to hear from readers with news stories, ideas and suggestions. The more you participate, the better this magazine will…

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rugby star shoots the classic

Premiership rugby star Mike Williams revealed his love of clay shooting at the Clay Shooting Classic, where he competed alongside former world champion Ben Husthwaite, a keen rugby player himself. Mike, originally from Zimbabwe, has been in the UK for six years, playing first for Worcester Warriors and then Leicester Tigers, and is moving to Bath for the coming season. An injury in his first year with Tigers put him out of action for nearly a year, which is when he turned to shooting at Kibworth, just a short distance from his home, to get his fix of competition. “I just happened to meet Ben there, and we’ve been shooting together now for about three years,” says Mike, who explains that he had done some game hunting back home, but he…

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england shooters take on the world

The CPSA has named the team who will be representing England at the NSCA World English Sporting Championships, held this year in the USA – the event alternates between the USA and England, and was held at EJ Churchill last year. The team will compete from 5 to 11 August at Northbrook Sports Club in Hainesville, Illinois, near Chicago. The position of team captain will be announced at a later date. The team consists of: Seniors: Phillip Marks, Matt Hance, David Gooding, James Attwood, Billy Baughan. Juniors: Brody Woollard, Tom McGregor, Joshua Bennion. Ladies: Georgia Moule, Cheryl Hall, Hannah Gibson. Super Veteran: John Wells, Keith Roe, Jeffrey Dix.…

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aberdeen’s lady instructors make the grade

Aberdeen Shooting School hopes that more women will take up clay shooting now that six of its Thistle Ladies Shooting Club instructors have passed the Scottish Clay Target Association instructors course – making it one of the first clubs to have its own qualified female instructors. Over the two-day course the candidates were trained in looking after clients, analysing their shooting and providing guidance on how to rectify any faults identified in their technique. A safety officer course was also included as part of the certification. The Thistle Ladies Club meets monthly on a Sunday, with tuition and guidance from Frank Henderson, owner of Aberdeen Shooting School, along with David Burgess, both licensed SCTA instructors. The shooting school, which launched in October 2018, offers simulated game and clay shooting at the 1500-acre…

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becky shines at skeet championships

Neil Parsons from the Isle of Man shot the only 100-straight in three days to win the English Open Skeet Championship at Doveridge on 10-12 May. But it was 17-year-old Becky Clarey who was the unexpected star of the competition. With several ladies tied on 98 ex-100, a crowd of spectators gathered to watch the battle for the title. “Young Becky Clarey demonstrated skill and maturity beyond her years to win not just the ladies and junior titles but also the best newcomer trophy,” comments Andy Parsons, who himself shot a 99 and won the shoot-off for the overall silver. Becky took up shooting at age 11, initially on Sporting, and switched to Skeet three years ago. She is coached at Doveridge by Dave Beardsmore, and has won a few local…

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team announced for world champs

British Shooting have announced the team that will represent GBR at the ISSF Shotgun World Championships in Lonato from 30 June to 11 July. The competition is a key event in the ISSF calendar, featuring Olympic Trap and Olympic Skeet – with plenty of valuable chances for British athletes to secure all-important Tokyo 2020 quota places. As this issue goes on sale, GBR is competing in the Minsk 2019 European Games, the last senior multi-sport event prior to next summer’s Olympic Games. It will provide invaluable experience for the British athletes hoping to travel to Tokyo as part of Team GB – including defending Women’s Skeet champion Amber Hill who said: “The last Games in Baku was a special event for me as it was where I secured my place for…