What was your favourite competition of 2017?
2017 was a fun year for me with some brilliant competitions. From the National Series to the Air Arms Memorial (RSN10 shoot). My favourite competition has to be the World Championships at Kelmarsh. 360 of the top shooters from around the world, competing on two of the toughest courses. It does not get any better than that.
Which competition are you most looking forward to in 2018?
For 2018 the competition I am most looking forward to is the Air Arms International in Holland. This brand new competition takes us abroad for the first time and I hope that it will rival the RSN10 if not the Worlds for a fun and challenging days shooting.
Which was your most challenging competition of 2017?
My most challenging days shooting was the RSN10 shoot at Northall Farm. This was an event I wanted to win above all others. Unfortunately, 2 days before the event my wisdom tooth had become badly infected and I was running a high fever. Trying to shoot a springer and not be ill at the same time was a challenge. However, shooting has taught me, never give up, never give in and shoot every target until the comp is over. (I got beaten badly by Paul Burt, but I will get him next year)
What is the hardest part about shooting in competitions?
The hardest part about shooting in competition is you have no way of affecting the people you shoot against. I used to be a Tae-Kwon-Do instructor and if I was losing a fight, I could dig and throw everything into the last round. In shooting, if you drop a point you have to hope that the person who you are competing against will drop one too and if they don’t, there is nothing you can do, (except maybe a spin hook when the marshal isn’t looking) you just have to do the best you can and hope it’s enough.
What advice would you give to someone who will be shooting in their first competition this year?
My advice for a new competition shooter is simple, just come along and have some fun. It does not matter if you are shooting a club competition, Southern Hunter, National or Worlds. Everyone around you is a shooter and will be happy to see you enter the sport. People will help and give advice and if you offer to buy them tea, they will let you try their guns and scopes. Big competitions can seem scary, but in reality were all just people in a wood, shooting at tin chickens, so come and have a go. The HFT community is about having fun and promoting the sportand with help from firms like Air Arms, the future of the sport has never looked better.