My last report was in the October 2013 issue, since then the club has gone from strength to strength. Membership has increased with a wide range of age groups.
We have a mixed group of young people and I believe that learning to shoot and working with adults in a small environment like ours will contribute to making good citizens in the future just like any other sporting activity. They learn a certain amount of discipline and responsibility which is enormously worthwhile and of course this aim is part of our constitution. There is of course the other reward of working with our dedicated and enthusiastic adults who give them every support. We have quite a few combinations of parent + young person and grandfather + grandson the embarrassing problem being that in some cases the younger member of the family is getting slightly better than the adult.
Our objectives for the club are slowly being achieved.
Small working parties under the supervision of Ernest Shaw, Graham Watts and Eric Harrod have started to improve our facilities, but we still have a long way to go.
We decided that we now require more range staff for supervision of the new members.
So we approached the (NSRA) National Small bore Rifle Association based at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley, Surrey to organise an (RCO) Range Control Officers Course. They in turn arranged for one of their National Assessor’s to come to the club one Sunday morning. There were some very worried expressions on the faces of our five candidates before the five hour training course they had not attended courses or similar in some cases for over thirty years. Congratulations to John Dye, Martin Benson, Graham Watts, Peter Stratford and John Banner who all successfully passed.
Over too many years to remember, the club has produced many fine shooters in all the small bore rifle disciples winning competitions was not usual in fact it was expected.
The results from the last twelve months are outstanding and are worth a mention:
The Association of Leeds & District Rifle and Pistol Clubs – 2013 Summer Results.Members won 10 Gold Medals in both Individual & Team Events as follows:
Team Carbine NA Darwin P Rusby TA Mottram TJ Reid A Maw
Individual M Clayton x 2 TJ Reid A Maw
Light Weight Rifle A Maw
Members awarded both a gold medal and a Certificate
Division 1 Team Carbine N Darwin TJ Reid A Maw
Division 2 Team Carbine G Watts A Fenton P Rusby
Division 3 Team Carbine M Clayton N Hill TA Mottram
World Police & Fire Games June 2013 – Belfast
B Johnson was invited to be a member of The Great Britain Team.
Shooting at 300,500 and 600m – Results
Host Country Team Match: Bronze Medal
WPFG Team Championship: Silver Medal
Individual Championship: Silver Medal (lost by 2 points)
The Association of Leeds & District Rifle and Pistol Clubs – 2013-14 Winter Results
Unfortunately our members did not have a good shoot this winter failing to win in all competitions, with two exemptions:
Division 10 Individual Carbine E Shaw – Gold Medal Winner
Airsoft Skirmish Competition Luca Shaw – Certificate
This competition is designed for young future shooters with no experience and is an introduction to the sport of shooting at an early age the ammunition being small plastic balls. Congratulations to Luca Shaw (grandson of Ernest) on winning his first competition.
Civil Service Target Shooting Association 2013-14 Winter Results
Division 5 -25m B JohnsonGold Medal
Division 10 – 50m B JohnsonGold Medal
Barry Johnson MBE
Note: Barry is a retired HM Prison Officer who has competed for Great Britain seven times in the WPFG and is looking for sponsorship for the 2015 World Police & Fire Games anyone interested can contact him at email@example.com