British Shooting’s double trap squad have had huge success at the Lonato European Championships.
An individual gold, two team golds, junior team silver and one individual bronze were all secured in Italy as our shotgun athletes proved they are a force to be reckoned with in the DT discipline.
Rachel Parish started the medal rush by becoming double trap champion before Matt Coward-Holley reached the final of the senior men’s competition alongside fellow compatriot, Tim Kneale.
The pressure was on for both athletes as it came to fruition that Coward-Holley would take on teammate Kneale for bronze, meaning that GB were guaranteed a medal – and it was GB Academy athlete Coward-Holley who won the medal.
With Kneale destined for the 2016 Olympics in just a month’s time, it was a great achievement to reach the final amongst world-class competition and he will will go into Rio full of confidence.
The strong performance of the senior men’s team, that was completed by Steve Scott, meant GB were also crowned European Champions, just a year after becoming World Champions at the same venue.
GB Academy athlete, James Dedman came very close to being amongst the medal winners with a bronze but was beaten by Russian Kamul Khusaenov in the final.
But his strong performance, alongside fellow Academy shooter, Connor Gorsuch and Lewis Ramsey meant the junior men’s double trap team secured team silver.
Matt Coward-Holley and Rachel Parish rounded off a very successful and busy day by winning mixed team gold, meaning GB are women’s, men’s team and mixed team European Champions.
Performance Director, Steven Seligmann, was delighted with not only the medal winning athletes, but the entire British Shooting team throughout the Championships.
He said: “The final day with the double trap discipline has topped off a great week for Great Britain.
“The medals in individual and team events demonstrates the strength in depth we are developing across the system and gives us great momentum heading into the pinnacle event of sport, the Olympic Games in Rio.
“The spirit within the camp this week has been excellent. Huge credit to all the athletes, coaches, support staff and parents who have come together to make the week really positive. As we continue to embark on the journey of becoming a world-leading shooting nation, we are seeing real unity within GB which gives us an exciting platform to build upon”.