Year 11 student Joe Hiner is setting his sights on three major shooting competitions this summer, after his success in the recent Schools Challenge 2011, where he was awarded second place on the day but awarded overall joint first.
The challenge took place at Bredon school in Gloucestershire and Joe shot from five stands (shooting positions) finishing up with a score of 38 out of 50 being awarded second place in the Individual Senior Boys category, but also getting the title ‘Overall Champion of Champions’ with another competitor due to complex calculations in the scoring system. Joe was also interviewed for Country Channel TV (Sky channel 219) for their programme whilst shooting at Bredon.
He has now been asked to shoot at Blenheim Palace Game Fair by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, the governing body of clay shooting. The top ten marksmen have been invited along to vie for position, with Joe earning his place as he is ranked sixth in his category (COLTS) in the UK. That event takes place on 24 July and Joe also has others, such as the British Open and the British Classic to look forward to later this year.
Joe said: ‘Shooting took place across the grounds at a private school, and the conditions were really windy so it was quite difficult. I am looking forward to the other competitions later this year and hope to do well at those.’
Joe is now seeking sponsorship to go even further in the sport.