LIGHTWEIGHT SPORT & GALLERY RIFLE 2015/16
Report by Alan Podevin
It has been an excellent and successful year for the discipline. Starting with the position as of the last AGM when I reported that we were expecting to win the Inter-county championship, this was confirmed making it our 3rd year in a row winning division 1. Essex subsequently won the single round Summer competition too. We have lost two of our best shots to the pressures of work and other commitments much to my dismay, but we have encouraged two new shooters, Michael Smith and Dave Wagstaff to take County positions, and although we were expecting to be named as divisional winners and if we had been placed in Division 1, we would be winning that too - next year they will be getting it right!
The Individual County Chamlpionship was well supported with entries from Chelmsford, Colchester, Roding and South East Essex, making up six
divisions. Winners came from Chelmsford, Colchester and Roding, with Neil Wagstaff being the County Champion 2015.
Neil is the son of one of the new team members, mentioned before, makes them our first Father/.son team members.
The 2016 entry forms are going out shortly and I look forward to another good year.
2015 was also special for Essex, as County shooters as individuals or as a part of both the England or GB squads, attended both the Pistol and Revolver World Championships in Sweden to try to gain aa least one medal - we actually came home with 20 (!) myself with 2 silver and 2 bronze alone despite having to borrow firearms with only limited practice the week before in Jersey. The World Gallery Rifle Championships fared just as well for Essex, with John Robinson of Basildon now World Champion, winning the small-bore 1500 I myself had an amazing shoot only dropping 113 points out of 1500 to win the M1 carbine 1500 to become the World Champion.
Whilst partnered with another Basildon shooter, Dave Hackett, we successfully took the pairs world title as well with the M1 carbine for 1500.
Overall, a good year!
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