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Captain Garry Kingaby and myself travelled from Gatwick Airport for the 2pm flight to Charlotte then onward to Charleston, South Carolina.


The Championships were the biggest event so far for me, as I was competing for my long awaited chance at the Air Rifle World Junior champion title. It was a long 17 hour journey to our destination, with colleagues like Carl Boswell and his family missing the internal flight. Others who I met had stories of running for planes, so all were exhausted but happy to see each other, which is my favourite part - seeing beaming smiles all round.


America was the hardest competition I had ever dreamt of, with very stiff opposition to beat and the unbelievable heat to contend with all added to the difficulty! I shot well and was pleased with my performance, I had become the World Air Rifle Junior Champion and placed 15th overall in the world. I was so happy! I was told later that evening that my air rifle had been leaking air throughout the competition and had a few other problems, so I was very happy with my position.


Profile – Scott Grayson. Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest


I also picked up Junior Silver and Bronze medals in the rimfire 25 metre, beaten by narrow margins by American Joe Oates and my fellow teammate and good friend Jake Healey (also GB) who took Gold in 25 meter event. I was also placed 3rd Junior in 22 Sporter Class , which was, for myself and Jake, the first time we had shot Sporter! I was pipped by one point by Jake!! So overall it was a very enjoyable trip.


For myself I had finally achieved my dream of becoming a World Junior Champion and America was the perfect place to do it. The whole experience was amazing - getting to know people better and being introduced to the biggest competition in Rimfire and Air Rifle Benchrest. I cannot thank my Dad enough for this opportunity, alongside many others who have allowed me to grow in this sport.


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