Year 9 student George Owen has been selected for the county shooting team after winning several clay pigeon shooting events. He only took up the sport 18 months ago and now he regularly shoots with a 95% success rate. He and his father both practice at Sywell Range and George will soon undertake training with Olympic shooter Andrew Lea.
George won the junior title and came top in his class in the recent Northants English Skeet Championships when he shot 93 out of 100 clays. His latest success was in the East Midlands Skeet Doubles championships, when two clays are launched at once where he recorded his 95 score.
George said: ‘I had some tuition and on the first time I shot seven targets and did quite well for my first time, I knew nothing about what to do or where to aim, it just came naturally. My first competition was near London. Competitions are held on Sundays so I prepare by shooting on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can have an off day. I did shoot 50 out of 50 about four weeks ago, which is called a straight.
'When I started out I was shooting eights and nines out of 25 and progressively I got better. I started off with a 20/20 gauge and now shoot a 12 gauge. I am in the colt class and there are five classes and lots of competitions to take part in. I love the adrenaline rush because you can always improve your score or technique and it is a brilliant hobby.’