My Top Moments of 2016 – Sue Swift

2016 wasn’t just a great year for myself, but for Team Air Arms as well. There are two particular moments that happened throughout the year that I am proud of…

  1. Achieving my personal best score during the GP Bisley shoot

It was an early 3.30am start for me as I had a long way to travel, but I was in high spirits ready for another tough competition. This was my first time at Bisley Shooting Club and when I arrived, the car park was full with eager field target shooters ready to showcase their shooting skills.

I was paired with two of the top Air Arms shooters, Dave Schofield and Doz Faulkner. I knew shooting with these guys wasn’t going to be easy, but I was ready to take on the challenge. The nerves usually kick in when I take my first shot in a competition, but after taking a deep breath I squeezed the trigger and the target dropped. I could tell this was going to be a good day.

As the day went on the sound of pellets hitting targets could be heard throughout the woods. My shooting was strong throughout the course and I finished the day with 43/50, which is my personal best. I was over the moon with my score and to top the day off, Air Arms Managing Director Claire West came to greet the team.

Overall it was a wonderful day that I won’t forget.

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  1. The 2016 Showdown

The Showdown took place at Emley Moor Field target Club. Shooters were pitted against each other, with the loser going into the ‘plate’ competition and the winner continuing to the next round of the Showdown.

I was drawn in the first round of the Showdown against John Chopping, who is known for being an outstanding field target shooter.

When I told Air Arms field target captain, James Osborne and fellow shooter Nick Murphy, who I was drawn against they both laughed and said, “There is no shame little girl in going straight into the plate, I would put money on John Chopping.” Then that was it… I was determined to win.

After a very challenging battle between John and I, we both finished with 18/20 points, leading to a tense shoot-off. Emotions were high but I was able to keep my nerves together and come out on top!

The first thing I did after the shoot off was tell James the result and he nearly hit his head on the car roof. I was delighted with my score but even more so to have proven James wrong.

2016 was a great year for me and I can’t wait for the 2017 shooting season to begin.

 

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