Scottish Pistol Association Championships
Among the stresses of deadlines during the final few weeks of the semester, members of the air disciplines division EURC took a few hours out of their weekend and headed to the Crags Sports Centre, Edinburgh, to compete in the Scottish Pistol Association Championships. This marked the group’s first group outing, putting everything learned during training into practice for the first time.
Saturday morning began with Holly Sproat and Margarita Papathanasiou competing in the hotly contested junior ladies air pistol championship. Both EURC members shot well in this class, especially Margarita, who scored a new personal best of 311 in the 40 shot match, and Holly sadly scoring short of her PB with a 289. Unfortunately both shooters just placed outwith the top eight, missing out on qualifying for the Ladies championship final later that afternoon.
The first round of the junior ladies championship was followed by the Adult Men’s Championship. EURC members Hugh Gatenby and James Dove shot very well in this 60 shot match scoring 390 and 362 respectively, both very admirable scores considering this event was their first ever competition, indeed competing against some of the top shooters in the UK. However these scores were, unfortunately, not quite good enough to qualify for the Men’s Championship final.
Day 2 of the Championships began bright and early on Sunday morning at 8.30am with the Tetrathlon class. This class consisted of 3 ‘pony club’ targets of 5 shots and 3 ISSF targets of 5 shots to be shot in 20 minutes. James set the standards high in the first detail of the day scoring a combined score of 213 (PC = 130; ISSF=83). Margarita then shot a superb set of cards and scored a combined score of 251 (PC=136; ISSF=115) placing 4th in the class. Holly followed but struggled with a combined score of 241 (PC=140; ISSF=101).
Overall, EURC Air Disciplines Club’s first group outing to the Scottish Pistol Association was a great success with experience gained all round. A big well done must go to James, Hugh and Margarita, who achieved great scores at Scottish Championship level considering they only began this sport a few short months ago! The club thanks our air captain Holly for organising the trip to the competition.