Scots Enjoy Great Success as the British Airgun Championships

Scottish athletes were on top form at the British Airgun Championships over the weekend.  Andrew Walker was crowned British Champion in the Junior Men’s Air Pistol and, in Junior Women’s Air Pistol, Emilia Faulkner put 9 points on her own Scottish Junior Record with a 565 in Qualification, just 2 behind the British Record.  She went on to claim the Junior Championship title in the final, also setting a new Scottish Junior record with a score of 231.1, with Isobel Mactaggart from Scotland continuing her good run of form and taking the bronze medal in the Junior Competition. Following her performance at Bisley and at the Welsh, Emilia is now the top ranked junior female pistol shooter in the British rankings.

In the categories for athletes with a disability, Scottish shooter Gordon Bailley (representing Cumberland News Rifle Club) won Gold in the SH2 Air Rifle Championships and finished a respectable fifth in the overall Disabled Air Rifle Championships. Both impressive results given that he has not been in the sport for long.

In the Senior competitions the Scots also put in great performances with Jess Liddon taking home the silver medal in the Women’s Pistol event, Andy Ralston came 4th in the Men’s Pistol event while James Paterson continued a run of good form with a bronze in the Men’s Rifle competition.

Good shooting by all and great to see so many Scottish athletes from the Performance Programme on the podium.

Report by Jennifer Ross, pictures from Marcus Faulkner