Rob targets top 25 spot for England

Photo: SM180712-006ow Rob Russell from Scottlethorpe
Photo: SM180712-006ow Rob Russell from Scottlethorpe

Rob Russell from Edenham is off to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the world cup of clay pigeon shooting next month.

Russell, 19, represented Great Britain in Chicago last year, and is travelling back to the States after Easter despite missing the England team trials.

The call from England team came out of the blue but Russell jumped at the chance to compete against 2,000 of the world’s best shots.

“There’s a selection process which I did not do because I was training for a different discipline but I got a call saying there was a space that needed filling,” explains Russell.

Two thousand entrants will compete over three days for national team honours and individual awards.

The former Robert Manning School pupil was 32nd among 1,500 competitors at Chicago last year and said: “This is equivalent to the World Cup in football.

“My form and average scores are good but I am up against people who have been shooting much longer than me. Realistically I want to finish in the top 25.”