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BY ROBERT MITCHELL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


2013: Nurturing the Pathway to Excellence A year ago, we were celebrat-


ing the results of London and the 2012 Olympic Games. This year, there may be less to celebrate, but highlighting organizational successes is an opportunity to pay tribute to those making a difference for USA Shooting. You can’t refl ect on 2013


without noting the signifi cant accomplishments of our junior team members who stepped for- ward to have an impact across all levels of our sport. These ju- niors are rising out of the USA Shooting clubs, Certifi ed Train- ing Centers (CTCs), SCTP, NRA, NCAA Rifl e and other allied or- ganization programs. These pro- grams have been a focus of ours throughout the year, particularly in this publication, as we spot- lighted the grassroot efforts that go on to ensure USA Shooting maintains its level of success. Dubbed the ‘Pathway to Excel- lence,’ it’s vital to give credit to those having the greatest effect on performance. It’s even easier when at the end of the year, the results refl ect excellence in every case.


Junior shooters earned six of


the eight medals at the 2013 World Clay Target Championships including two Jr. World Champi- ons, a Jr. World Champs silver medalist, one team gold medal and two bronze medals. Top junior performances at


the World Championships have been a staple of the U.S. Team. Since 2010, U.S. junior teams competing at World Champion- ships have been supported with the generous donations of the Dallas Safari Club (DSC). The DSC


2013 Highlights


Performance • •


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Glenn Eller’s World Record 146 at the World Cup Ain


Cory Cogdell’s Equalled World Record 75 at the World Cup Granada


Vincent Hancock’s 250-straight during Spring Selection Match Junior World Champions Ian Rupert & Miranda Wilder


• World Champion Glenn Eller • World Championships Silver Medalist Dania Vizzi • •


Eight World Clay Target Championship Medals Eight World Cup Medals


Organizational • • • • • •


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2013 Biennial Coach College & Conference Addition of three Certifi ed Training Centers (CTCs) Increased event participation at all USA Shooting events Successful introduction of the 10.9 Holiday


Development and roll-out of the 2016 brand “Rio In Sight”


First dual, concurrent venue Progressive Position Pistol National Championships


Development and publishing of the fi rst online basic training course for Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol


Honoring Pat Spurgin Pitney and Walter Walsh with induction in the International Shooting Hall of Fame


has provided USA Shooting with grant support for international competitions, generally to sup- port our junior teams to World Championships (with the excep- tion of 2012 where the grant monies went to the pre-Olympic training camp). This year, DSC approved a grant of $30,000 to support USA Shooting’s Junior Shotgun Team in Peru. The ad- ditional support has paid off with junior team athletes accounting for 10 individual and 10 team medals during that time along with 25 top-10 fi nishes. Junior shotgun shooters also


had a big impact domestically too. One-third of all medals won at the Spring and Fall Selection as well as the USA Shooting Na- tional Championships were won by junior competitors including four overall champions.


High junior marks weren’t iso-


lated to shotgun. Pistol shooter Lydia Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) became one of the young- est National Team members in the history of her discipline af- ter her results at the National Championships. Connor Davis (Shelbyville, Ky.) was a freshman last year at the University of Ken- tucky, but through his dedica- tion and the coaching of Wildcat coach Harry Mullins he has risen to the ranks of National Cham- pion. It is the commitment and development of these rising stars that will be on the podium at fu- ture world championships and Olympic Games. Off the fi ring lines, USA Shoot-


ing enjoyed a successful 2013 as well highlighted by the signifi - cant upgrade to the USA Shoot- ing Center with the addition of


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electronic targets by Megalink and other enhancements that elevate our range to the level it needs to be at to accommo- date world-class shooters and competitions. These upgrades were made possible by the won- derful support of our members, sponsors and those within the shooting sports industry as the USA Shooting Team Foundation helped raise more than $84,000 in support of the project. As you browse through the


pages that refl ect on 2013, it’s important to recognize both the individual achievements while at the same time celebrating the organizational factors that come into place to allow those successes to transpire in the fi rst place. We’re incredible lucky to have an organization with both the grassroots opportunity that exists and the partnerships and industry support necessary to ensure that opportunity can fl ourish.


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