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BY KEVIN NEUENDORF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR


Garvey Chosen as 2015 Brownells/NRA Youth Shooting Sport Ambassador


USA Shooting National


Junior Team member Hank Garvey (Newburyport, Mas- sachusetts) has been cho- sen as one of six representa- tives for the 2015 Brownells/ National Rifl e Association (NRA) Youth Shooting Sport Ambassador Program. The program gives NRA’s


Co-op Youth group part- ners including Boy Scouts of America, National High School Rodeo Association, Royal Rangers, Venturing


(BSA) and USA Shooting -- the opportunity to select the outstanding youth from their organization to represent them. Garvey’s interest as an


avid sportsman and as a rising prospect for the USA Shooting Team helped the 16-year-old Garvey standout among the many junior ath- letes that applied, according to USA Shooting’s Youth Pro- grams and Coach Academy Director Mike Theimer.


“He’s well-rounded and


as focused an individual as you can fi nd at that age. He has a bright future in our sport and I’ll be interested to see how he uses his experi- ences in shooting to help en- gage others to get involved and participate,” Theimer said.


His success in part has


been formed through the Scholastic Clay Target Pro- gram (SCTP) culminating with his fi rst National Title last summer which led to his appointment to USA Shoot- ing’s National Junior Team. A strong junior competitor, Garvey distinguished him- self in 2014 with several “open” accomplishments including a top-eight fi nish at the Championship of the Americas in Guadalajara, Mexico, a top-fi ve fi nish at


Nationals and a top-four fi nish at the recent Fall Se- lection Match. His perfor- mance in Guadalajara also helped earn him the Mini- mum Qualifying Score (MQS) athletes need to be eligible to compete at the Olympic Games.


Previous NRA Ambassa- dors include: • McKenna Dahl, National Paralympic Team


• Tyler Lirio, National Jr. Team


• Brandy Drozd, 2014 World Champion


• Courtney Anthony, National Team


• Collin Wietfeldt, National Team


• Garrett Walters, Former National Team


• Rachael Heiden, Former National Team


Michigan State’s Demmer Center Receives Paralympic Distinction


U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, has announced that Michigan State University


Demmer Center has been recognized as a BRONZE level club as a part of the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program, which also recognizes 36 other clubs across the country. The Demmer Center is also a USA Shooting Certifi ed Training Center. Created in 2013, the excellence program is designed to support Paralympic Sport Clubs as they evolve their sport


programming in areas such as athlete identifi cation and coaching education, and recognize their contributions to grow- ing the Paralympic Movement in the United States. “At the United States Olympic Committee, we are committed to supporting U.S. Paralympic athletes in achieving sus-


tained competitive excellence,” said Rick Adams, USOC chief of Paralympic sport and NGB organizational development. “Today, we are proud to recognize the Paralympic Sport Clubs that have achieved their own excellence by working locally to help develop athletes and coaches from grassroots to the Paralympic Games. The continued commitment we receive from our local partners makes U.S. Paralympics athletes and coaches stronger on all levels.”


March 2015 | USA Shooting News 13


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