Shooting: Rob Russell wins Grand Prix to make Team GB juniors

Rob Russell, 18, from Scottlethorpe, who's been selected to represent Great Britain in clay pigeon shooting.
Rob Russell, 18, from Scottlethorpe, who's been selected to represent Great Britain in clay pigeon shooting.

HOT SHOT Rob Russell is ecstatic after making the grade to represent Team GB juniors at the clay shooting world championships in Chicago.

The 18-year-old from Scottlethorpe near Edenham will take on the best in the world after winning the junior section of the clay shooting British Grand Prix at the weekend.

Rob, who competes in the discipline of Fitasc, an international form of clay shooting, won the Grand Prix by shooting 24 out of his final 25 clays.

He went into his final session knowing he had to get a good score to win the title.

Competitors shot 50 clays on Saturday in two sessions and the same again on Sunday.

Rob, who has already represented England, said: “The other guys had finished and I went out in the last squad.

“I didn’t know what they had got but I knew I had to get 24 out of 25, a 22 or 21 wouldn’t have been enough.

“The others were coming over and asking ‘what did you get?’ but I just said I’d done alright and went back to the clubhouse so they could see it when it came up on the scoreboard.

“I hadn’t even thought about the British team but the chap from the GB team came over and said ‘you’ve been selected’.

“I was overwhelmed, I wasn’t quite expecting that.”

Rob, whose family run Scottlethorpe Grange Farm and Edenham Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Gound, will compete for the juniors team which goes up to the age of 21.

Rob said: “Once you’re over 21 then you’re in with the big fish and I’m planning to carry it on and try to make it into the senior teams in due course.

“It’s also a good business opportunity as we can offer instruction with someone who’s shot for England and Great Britain.”

Rob is now going to get in some extra practice before the championships in August.

And he’s also wondering what the lay of the land will be like in the States.

He said: “The landscape makes a great difference, we might be shooting on the side of the valley, I just don’t know so I’ll be going to as many competitions as possible to get used to different conditions.”

Rob is former Robert Manning College pupil and now studies at Riseholme College.