Today we welcomed Charlotte Bates and Stuart Nichols to the Lord Roberts Centre. Charlotte and Stuart are raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association by traveling around the UK and completing every single Olympic event during the 17 days that the Tokyo Games is being held. They shot air pistols and air rifles on one of our 10m ranges and did really well. They are looking forward to a well-earned rest when they complete the challenge on Sunday. Do visit their website to find out more and make a donation:https://www.spennylympics.com
ISSF World Tour Target Sprint – Dingolfing, Germany: GB athletes excel with Double Gold
Between the 31st of July 2021 and 2nd of August 2021 the ISSF World Tour Target Sprint, was held in Dingolfing, Germany.
Representing Great Britain two athletes were selected, Emily Shawyer aged 19 in the Junior Women Category and Callum Jones aged 19 in the Junior Men category.
Just 5 points was the difference between finishing 14th and qualifying for the Olympic Final in 8thplace. Such are the fine margins at this level so we congratulate Seonaid on her first Olympics and wish her well as the countdown begins to Paris 2024.
The Cheshire & North Wales Rifle & Pistol Association will be holding an unsquadded County Open Shoot on the 29th August 2021 at Appleton Rifle Club (the week after the Dewar Trials).
It will be a double Dewar match with classes X/A, B, C & D with prizes for the winners in every class, and County Silverware for Cheshire Resident Athletes. There will be additional competitions for ladies, veterans and juniors and a teams/pairs competition.
In view of Covid and the planning required to keep all athletes safe, please note that this year it is advance entries only .... no entries on the day will be accepted.
[Amended 31st July to clarify the Dewar Trials/Match at Appleton is on Saturday 21st August and the unsquadded County Open Shoot on 29th August 2021 (not as previously advised)]
Just a reminder the next Shooting Council meets this Saturday, 31st July at 10.00. By now you should have received the agenda, papers and zoom invitation but if for any reason you haven’t please email Tessa Shorey
As Seonaid McIntosh prepares to represent Team GB at the Olympics in Tokyo, she tells us her experience of lockdown and how she’s prepared for a postponed Games.
Seonaid McIntosh’s three-year build-up to the Olympic Games is nearly complete. She first won a quota place at the World Championships in Changwon in 2018 and now we speak to her just five weeks before she boards the plane for Tokyo – a year later than scheduled!
We all faced our difficulties during Coronavirus lockdowns, sacrificing freedoms and cancelling plans. But postponing an appearance at the Olympics – potentially the crowning event in any athlete’s career – must have been on a different level.
Following the heavy rain on Saturday night, it was noticed that part of the structure over the firing points on the 25m range had started to collapse. Upon further investigation on Monday the NSRA took the decision that the structure is unsafe with a high risk of further collapse, therefore the 25m range will be closed until further notice The Lord Roberts Centre team have been in touch with clubs/individual's to either cancel their bookings or transfer them to other ranges. We appreciate the inconvenience this will case, however the safety of our visitors is of paramount importance. We are evaluating options to either repair or replace the existing structure and will keep members and visitors updated.
The 25m range has been 'coned off' to prevent entry and we are looking at options to either have the existing structure taken down or repaired.
Due to a clerical error the entry deadline for Dewar, Drew and Wakefield competitions were incorrectly set to end a day earlier.
To amend this the entry deadline has been extended to midnight on Friday 2nd July 2021
*Please note, you can enter these events more than once
Just a reminder that this competition will be running throughout August, with a finals Weekend in September.
The six Qualifying events at venues around the country – Appleton, Budleigh Farm, Coxwold, Denwood, Sywell and Worplesdon will be running a Double Dewar, in Classes X to D and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 in each class (subject to entries) at each venue. These prizes will be cash, (not vouchers) of £25 for 1st Place, £15 for 2nd place and £10 for 3rd place in each class.
You may have read recently the NSRA is organising a National Long Range Rifle Competition this summer, with regional events across the country followed by a final at Sywell, Northampton on the weekend of 11/12 September. In addition to the classed competitions, the regional events will be a selection process for this year's GB team for the Randle Trophy Match, with the match itself being shot on Sunday 12 September at Sywell - which is a departure from the usual way of selecting this team.
The NSRA Performance Club Programme is off to a flying start with resident in-house Club at LRC, Centurions, the first to be recognised under our new initiative. Club Chairman, Steve Elliott commented, “We are delighted to have received our award. It is a fitting achievement after many years hard work we have all put in to build and develop Centurions. It is also testimony to the strong relationship we have forged with the NSRA.”