DISABILITY Target Shooting Great Britain is celebrating some impressive pre-Christmas performances from its shooters at the final competition of 2009 – the RIAC and IBIS Cup.
The 11-strong squad of British shooters have returned from the able-bodied shooting competition, which took place in Luxembourg, with a handful of personal best performances and a couple of perfect scores – equating to the world records.
The squad travelled to the competition, which was organised by the Luxembourg Shooting Federation, to give the athletes valuable competition experience and the opportunity to post top scores and Britain was the only country to enter a squad of disability shooters in the event.
Among the top performances was Paralympic gold medallist Matt Skelhon, who scored a perfect score of 600 out of 600 for the R3 10m air rifle prone SH1, which was equal to the world record. His Paralympic team-mate James Bevis was also on form – also shooting 600 out of 600 in the R5 10m air rifle prone SH2 to again equal the world record.
Bevis also went on to register an international personal best in the R4 10m air rifle standing SH2 with a score of 595 out of 600.
Kent’s Nathan Milgate also put in some top performances and registered a score of 599 out of 600 in the R3 10m air rifle prone SH1.
Surrey’s Mandy Pankhurst was another British athlete to register an international PB at the event, scoring 382 out of 400 in the R2 10m air rifle standing SH1 and 591 out of 600 in the R3 10m air rifle prone SH1, while Bristol athlete Karen Butler shot an international PB of 386 out of 400 in the R2 10m air rifle standing SH1.
There were also international personal bests for Adam Fontain (597/600 in R5 10m air rifle prone SH2 and 588 out of 600 in the R4 10m air rifle standing SH2), Richard Davies (595 out of 600 in the R4 10m air rifle standing SH2), Jean Guild (364 out of 400 in P2 10m air pistol) and Andy Gardiner (546 out of 600 in the P1 10m air pistol SH1).
Head Coach Pasan Kularatne said: “I am really pleased with the overall performance of the GB Squad and specifically with all the international PBs registered and the two perfect scores, which are equal to the world records.
“This competition was a great opportunity for the athletes to get vital international competition experience before the 2010 season.”
The full GB squad for the competition was Nathan Milgate (Herne Bay, Kent), Matthew Skelhon (Stilton, Peterborough), Deanna Coates (Yateley, Hampshire), Karen Butler (Bristol), Mandy Pankhurst (Ash, Surrey), James Bevis (Hereford), Richard Davies (Stourbridge, West Midlands), Chris Summerscales (Rotherham, Yorks), Andy Gardiner (Oxfordshire), Jean Guild (Southport, Merseyside) and Adam Fontain (Pitsea, Basildon).
British squad’s results:
600/600 in R 3, 10 m Air Prone SH1 (=WR)
600/600 in R 5 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH2, (= WR)
595/600 in R 4 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2, IPB (International PB)
592/600 – R 1 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1
599/600 – R 3, 10 m Air Prone SH 1
393/400 in R 2, 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1
382/400 in R 2, 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH 1 (IPB)
591/600 in R 3, 10 m Air Prone SH 1 (IPB)
386/400 in R 2, 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 (IPB)
597/600 in R 5 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 (IPB)
588/600 in R 4 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH 2 (IPB)
595/600 in R 4 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 (IPB)
591/600 in R 5 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2
364 /400 in P2 10 m Air Pistol SH1 (IPB)
556/600 in P 1, 10 m Air Pistol SH1.
546/600 in P 1, 10 m Air Pistol SH1 (IPB)