Wisbech Grammar School’s shooting stars crowned national champions

Wisbech Grammar School’s U14 Shooting Team: William Gilbert, Joe Kooreman and Tom Newby.

Wisbech Grammar School’s U14 Shooting Team: William Gilbert, Joe Kooreman and Tom Newby. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Grammar School’s under 14s shooting team was crowned as the best in the country after shooting to success at the National Schools Tournament.

Year eight pupils William Gilbert, Joe Kooreman and Tom Newby travelled to the Sporting Targets shooting club in Bedfordshire for the big tournament, and fought off stiff competition to take the overall crown on Saturday April 23.

Schools travel to the tournament from across the country, including Millfield; Cheltenham College; Bloxham; Eton and Stowe, with many of the larger schools entering several teams across the age groups.

The Wisbech trio’s shoot was divided into four stands to test and challenge the boys with a variety of shots, in which they would attempt eight clays on each stand, giving them a total score out of 32.

Will opened the shooting on Stand one - an open range with the trap sending left and right flyers on report - with a perfect score; many of his shots hit with a centre pattern.

Stand two was a grouse platform - a high tower situated in a canal of trees, with the trap releasing the clays at speed from beneath the shooter stand. Will opened strongly gaining yet another perfect score, which was also matched by Tom.

The third stand was a rabbit trap - a challenging station with an unpredictable clay release from a trap on the right hand side of the shooter.

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Joe, however, wasn’t fazed by this and managed to master a perfect score, his previous experience clearly helping him to consistently produce accurate shots.

The final stand stood the boys at the base of a large bank with left and right flyers on report, and both finished with a confident high scoring round.

The boys finished their round with a combined total of 80 points which deservedly claimed first place beating previous tournament winners Maidwell Hall, who had entered three teams into the tournament.

Headmaster, Chris Staley, said: “This was a tremendous achievement for the U14 team’s opening shooting competition with a well-deserved victory resulting in them becoming the British Schools Champions.”

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