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gold and silver individually in the latter event. Indeed, the only thing which separated Mary and Nikki was a single x- bullseye (the equivalent of the central shot in pistol events) and proves the point that the sport is ultra competitive down to the last fraction of a point. Moving on to the remainder of 2012 and on to 2013, most of the top addicts (sorry


shooters!) will be concentrating on achieving the necessary additional qualifying scores to enable them to compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. To help them get there, for the first time ever, we have appointed a well known and internationally recognised shooting coach to assist our games hopefuls in all of the disciplines of rifle, pistol and clay. Whilst it may seem odd that a single coach has been appointed to cover such different shooting disciplines, the fact is that shooting is really about 80% psychological and 20% physical. Once you have mastered the basics, the greatest improvements come with controlling the mental side of shooting, being able to repeat the perfect shot and training for the stress of competition. Physically, some fitness is required to shoot a competition which may take several hours of intense concentration, and it has been


proved that performance is even enhanced by diet and having good blood sugar levels! These aspects are broadly the same whatever discipline and we are hoping that over the next 18 months, the coaching will pay off with some shooting medals in Glasgow.


Going forward, and on the back of the renewed cooperation between all the shooting disciplines, I hope that under the auspicious of the Jersey Shooting


Federation, we will be able to start a structured programme for youngsters to introduce them to the sport in the same way that some of the other island sports like rugby, tennis and swimming have done.


And what can shooting offer these youngsters? Discipline and respect (we are of course using firearms in a strictly controlled environment). Self confidence - A sport where performance is precisely measured and where improvement is readily ascertained. Potential future Commonwealth, World and Olympic (why not? - GB won an Olympic gold in clays in London) champions. More than anything else, an addiction to the pursuit of perfection.


Jersey's Olympic Legacy


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