Wednesday 23rd February 2011 by C. Freeman
Student Joe Hiner is to represent Brooke Weston at a schools’ shooting competition in March. The Year 11 student has been shooting for four or five years and has been so successful in competitions that he is now ranked sixth in the UK in the Under-21 age group.
Joe shoots ‘clays’ with his 12-bore shotgun. Clays are small discs that are propelled in a variety of ways according to how a competition is run, but they are very rapid, erratic and difficult to shoot. His best-ever competition result was an impressive 86% success rate, well above the average 60% that is typical of a marksman of his age.
Joe on the cover of Clay Shooting.
Joe, who practices a couple of times a month at Kibworth Shooting Ground, has appeared in the national magazine Clay Shooting three times after competition success, even featuring in an action shot on the cover in August last year!
He said: ‘So far I have been doing well and winning quite often. I am up to B class which is quite good for my age. I’ve been in hundreds of competitions over the years. You shoot from a stand, which is a little cage with an opening at the front. Depending on the competition two clays will get fired at once, or else, if you shout “pull” then they fire one and as soon as you hit that one the other one is fired. On a good day I might score perhaps 80 per cent. The more you shoot the better you get. Clays are really high, really fast, really low; you do have to have quite good reflexes. It is quite exciting and good fun.’
Now Joe is preparing for the Schools Challenge on 7th March, a competition that attracts entries from lots of private schools around the country. If successful he will get to shoot in a second Schools Challenge event on 1st May.