A CADET who is going to Canada to compete in a shooting competition is hoping businesses will back his efforts.
Charlie Legge, of Lilac Close, Bourne, is one of only 14 British cadets to qualify for the Canadian National Shooting Competition.
He earned his place on the team by impressing a panel of judges with his written application and a string of successes in British events.
Charlie, 16, said: “The application wasn’t just about demonstrating your shooting skills but also proving that you would be a good ambassador for the British cadets.”
His trip to Canada will be mostly funded by the National Rifle Association but he needs to raise around £500 for equipment and contingency costs.
He is contacting local companies to ask for donations of between £25 and £50.
Charlie said: “It’s going to be a real life experience and I can’t wait, although I think I will get more and more nervous as the competition gets closer.”
He will spend a week competing at Bisley in Surrey before travelling to Canada for six weeks to take part in a series of training sessions before rounding off his trip at the shooting competition.
The Bourne Grammar School pupil joined the Bourne Detachment of the Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force at the age of 13 and started honing his shooting skills two years ago after impressing the shooting instructors at a training course.
He was selected to take part in trials to join the Lincolnshire Cadet Shooting team and was then invited to take part in a competition at Bisley involving more than 500 cadets from around the country.
Charlie went on to take part in the Cadet Skill at Arms Meeting where he won the “top shot” title and helped his team to win the overall competition.
Anyone interested in sponsoring him can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org