Target Sprint news

Target Sprint is an International Sport Shooting Federation "ISSF" recognised and promoted sport under the ambit of "sport for all" with World tour and World Championship events. The ISSF have pushed this sport, as have British Shooting, much to their credit.

The event consists of a 400m sprint followed by 5 number 35mm targets to be hit at a distance of 10m, followed by a 400m sprint followed by 5 x 35mm targets to be hit at a distance of 10m, followed by a final 400m sprint.

In Wales we have established the Target sprint Regional Centre for Wales, which is a British Shooting Regional Centre (one of only three in the whole of the UK). The Regional Centre is based at Llandovery College, who give us access to their Sports Hall, Astro turf area, Lounge, gym, changing and other facilities, cricket pavilion, 400m track, etc.

Llandovery College as the British Shooting Regional Centre in Wales and to promote this dynamic new sport which engages with so many other sports. This year, at the Carmarthenshire Awards, the Sport of Target Sprint with Emily Shawyer awarded the runner up in the Young Sportswoman of the Year category, having been nominated by her athletics club. We also had this happen at the Carmarthen town Awards.

Last year, we held the British Shooting National Series and Welsh Confined National championship at the regional centre. It was an outstanding success. So much so this year we have been asked to run a British Shooting Masterclass event there for athletes throughout the UK (this event has a German Coach flying over, our Biomechanics expert and our Welsh Educator presenting an event called "Train to Compete and Compete to Win". This is a British Shooting organised event with the kind hospitality of Llandovery College. We have also been asked to host a British Shooting National series event, a British Shooting Ranking event, a British Shooting Super league event, a Welsh Confined event and an International Welsh Open event.

Our attendees pay £5 each to cover the cost of pellets and paper targets and other sundries. The athletes range from 12 years old to over 50, with the emphasis on being the endorsement of a fun, welcoming, social, healthy sport which can also lead to Welsh and GB representation. Hopefully this sport can continue to work with alongside and in conjunction sporting disciplines and continue the sport for all ethos.

In Wales we have:

  • Two athletes attending the Junior International last year coming away with Gold.
  • Seven athletes qualify for the British National series Final
  • Two athletes representing GB in various events at Italy, Germany, Netherlands and at the World championships in South Korea.
  • A Welsh Athlete who is British Champion.
  • A Welsh Athlete who has two British Records.
  • A Welsh Athlete come 2nd at the World Championships in Korea in September 2018 to be Vice World Champion.
  • A Welsh Athlete who won Target Sprint Athlete of the Year at the British Shooting Awards 2018
  • A Welsh Athlete who won a Major Medal achievement award at the British Shooting Awards 2018.
  • A Junior Women Athlete ranked Number 1 in GB
  • A Senior Male Athlete ranked Number 3 in GB
This year at the first British Ranked Super League and National Series events we had:
Junior Women - Emily Shawyer and Senior Men - Paul O'Callaghan both in the Super League event maintaining their 1st and 3rd GB ranked status.
Plus in the following categories of the National Series event Junior Men - Dylan Hughes, Senior Men - Paul O'Callaghan, Senior Women- Wendy Newton and Nicole Newton - all qualifying for the National Series Final to be held in September 2019.

We have a Welsh athlete, Emily Shawyer, attending the Italian Open International Championships in Ora Italy 28 May - 2 June 2019.

Thus, we have a broad spectrum of abilities within our group of circa 45 athletes and coaching support staff and qualified Leaders with our own Athletics and Strength and Conditioning coaches, plus of course shooting coaches, plus our Child Protection Office. We now have a Regional Centre Welsh Airgun association kit that can be purchased by athletes and volunteers who are WAA members.

Our aim is to continue to bring new athletes into the world of shooting and enable them to develop their true potential at whatever level. We cover the spectrum of development and abilities encouraging beginners whilst also taking athletes to internationals, all of which is entirely self-funded by athletes and coaches.

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Updated: 20th April 2019

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