Year 10 student George Owen has been selected to represent England in a national clay pigeon shooting championship. He went to two qualifying shoots and hit an impressive 380 out of 400 clays over both events, which put him at the top of his junior category.
George has been shooting for around three years and his England debut will be in the Home International that takes place at the Mid Wales Shooting Centre in August. His home range is Sywell where he practices at least one or twice a week depending on the season.
He said: ‘The Home International is quite a large competition but there will be teams from across the UK. There will be 11 seniors and three juniors then ladies and veterans so there may be around 20 of us on the England team overall.
'We have specific kit to wear including a bright red tracksuit, baseball cap, badge and shooting vest. The competition will take place over a weekend. We do 100 clays on the first day and another 50 on the second. The organisers add up all of our scores and the country with the best combined scores wins and there are also awards for the highest scorers as well.'I shot at the same event last year for the experience and every since then it has been my goal to be in the England team and now I have achieved that and I can’t wait for the competition. I knew I was well ahead but that feeling that you have got to stay ahead, it puts a little bit of pressure on you.’