We recently sat down with Air Arms Team member, Andy Watkins and discussed his passion for competition shooting and everything he is looking forward to in 2018.
What was your favourite competition of 2017?
My favourite Competition of the year had to be the HFT world’s, held at Kelmarsh. The atmosphere was great and everyone had a good time. The icing on the cake was my un-expected 9th place finish.
Which competition are you most looking forward to in 2018?
I am looking forward to the HFT World’s again this year. It would be fantastic if I could match or better my placing from last year but at the moment that’s looking unlikely.
Which was your most challenging competition of 2017?
In 2017 the second day of the NEFTA Classic was a real challenge and a bit of a struggle. I just couldn’t read the wind and every decision I made seemed to be wrong. It was still a great event and very much enjoyed it, due to the fantastic friendly company within the field target family.
What is the hardest part about shooting in competitions?
The fine balance between concentration and enjoyment. Lately, I have found it hard to relax in comp’s. I think I have been putting too much pressure on myself which hasn’t been doing me any favours. I could blame the wind or my equipment or even my shooting partners but it would all just be false. The real problem is me. More practice needed, and more fun to be had!!
What advice would you give to someone who will be shooting in their first competition this year?
There’s no need to be nervous. Before the competition just shoot as much as you can and get a good feel for your equipment and build an idea on how the wind plays with your pellets. Once at the comp just enjoy it no matter what your score. There’s no point being there if it’s not fun.