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Junior Club


BY KEVIN NEUENDORF MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR


Aim is True For National Training Center Junior Shooting Club


In a place normally reserved for the elite and emerging elite athletes within USA Shooting’s development pipeline, this junior program has rightfully carved out its place with sterling performances as well as a volunteer-driven core second to none.


Housed in the hallowed


world-class shooting range on location at the U.S. Olym- pic Training Center in Colo- rado Springs, Colorado is a hidden gem known as the


Much more than just a ju-


nior program for USA Shoot- ing, the club is no doubt considered one of the orga- nization’s key cogs. In early December, USA


Leading the charge was the remarkable arrival of 12-year-old Carson Saabye (Larkspur, Colorado) to the Women’s Pistol scene. De- fying both age and experi-


a spot on the National Junior Olympic Squad. Will Anti, Charles Platt


and Will Shaner were also among the 17 junior club athletes who competed. Anti, whose father Mike is a four-time Olympian, 2004


Will Anti (pictured here) and Car- son Saabye (right) are just a couple of the strong, young , local shoot- ers who competed in the Winter Air Gun Championships.


National Training Center Ju- nior Shooting Club program. In a place normally re-


served for the elite and emerging elite athletes within USA Shooting’s de- velopment pipeline, this ju- nior program has rightfully carved out its place with sterling performances as well as a volunteer-driven core second to none.


Shooting held its Winter


Airgun Championships with record participation. In the midst of four days of in- tense 16-hour activity was the junior program leader- ship making sure it all ran smoothly; their presence felt both on and off the line. On the line, the junior


program fl ourished just as it had throughout 2014.


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ence, Saabye was on top of her game in earning a spot in two open fi nals, fi nishing fi fth and sixth while fi nish- ing sixth overall. On the ju- nior side, the middle school student was second overall picking up a medal of each color in the process. Having set a national record for her age, she was rewarded for her performance by earning


Olympic silver medalist and the assistant rifl e coach at the Air Force Academy since 2009, made two junior fi nals, winning gold on the third day while setting a national re- cord in his age group. Anti, a senior at Discovery Canyon Campus, is considered a top prospect to watch given his lineage and early success. He’ll attend West Virginia University next year


and


compete on their renowned rifl e team just as his father did in the early 80s. Shaner, a ninth grader at Colorado Springs Early College, broke his own record again in his age group, something he had done previously at this year’s National Junior Olym- pic Championships, also


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