On Friday 28th April, eight S. Anselm's boys and girls travelled down to the West London Shooting School to compete in the IAPS Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships.
We had spent a couple of days getting ready - thanks to Mr and Mrs Penrose who allowed the boys to practice the day before and to Mr and Mrs Hill who hosted the girls for a lesson.
The Under 12 team included Isobel E, Amelia E and Daisy L. They had a 30 bird sIt hoot and visited five stands with three pairs at each. There was some good and accurate shooting and the variety of bird made it really challenging and a lot of fun. We only had three guns in the team and with six allowed in a team we were never going to be able to compete. Well done to Daisy L who scored 17/30 coming in 42nd place, Isobel E who scored 13 and Amelia will 11. We hope that this gives the girls something to really aim at for next year (no pun intended).
The Under 13 team was made up of Ella H, John B, George P, Harry T and Bob S. They had a 50 bird shoot with five pairs on five stands. The set up really was quite impressive with each stand representing a different kind of bird or indeed rabbit. Well done to Bob S who managed to get the best score on the penultimate drive with 9/10 clays. John B was our top gun for the day with 29/50 clays placing him in 21st position. Ella H was our second best shot with 27/50 coming in 30th position. Bob S and George P both hit 50% with 25/50 and Harry T was just behind with 24. Well done to the Under 13 team who overall came 8th out of 13, however a team consists of six guns and we only had five in the team so very well done!
It was a superb day and we are already looking forward to next year.
For any young and interested shots please do keep practicing and let Mr Wood know if you would be interested in competing next year. On each stand there is an instructor, so it is not only good fun but the children all came away with a few pointers to help them improve.