Wycliffe athletes endured an excellent day where there was a lot to shout about. On Saturday 9th September seven Wycliffe pupils travelled to Yate Sport Complex, near Bristol to compete in the Target Sprint National Finals.
All athletes had qualified from previous target sprint events so everyone competing at the final were the very best from around the country.
The event consists of running 400 metres, then shooting down five targets which are 10 metres away from the shooting stand. Competors then run again, shoot another five down once more, then it is one final 400 metres to the finish. The hardest part of the sport is to shoot the targets down while trying to control your breathing.
In the Youth Men Tom Rowland ran and shot very well to finish 5th overall from 3 heats to qualify for the final. Lewis Livingstone shot brilliantly but unfortunately had to pull out with an injury from the run. Jamie Davies also put everything into his heat but overall just missed out on making the final after a very top performance.
In the Junior Female section Wycliffe had three athletes, Izzy Naish, Verity Butler and Emma Livingstone who all ran and shot superbly to qualify for the final.
In the Junior Male section Tom Bury ran well to finish first in his heat and to come first overall from the two junior male heats to qualify for the final.
In the final for Youth Men Tom Rowland ran superbly. His superior running ability helped him ease past other athletes on the runs and on the final 400 metres he ran past a number of athletes to finish a brilliant 3rd.
In the Junior Female final Izzy Naish’s brilliant quick shooting and her good fitness helped her to finish in a well deserved 3rd position. Emma Livingstone ran very well to finish 4th and Verity came in 8th after a very good run.
In the final for the Junior Men’s race Tom Bury was competing against a very strong field including three GB members. Tom ran very hard and his shooting went well but on the second shoot it did not go to plan and came out with the leader around 80-100 meters ahead of him. Tom ran well but was still in second place with 50 meters to go but managed to dig in deep to overtake the leader to finish over the line in 1st position and win the Junior Men final. His time was the fastest of the day and faster than the winning time for the Senior Men, the age group above his!
A massive well done to everyone who represented Wycliffe and it is brilliant to come away with two bronze medals and a gold medal. Congratulations to Tom Rowland, Izzy Naish and Tom Bury. Also a major thank you to Shaun Garley for all the training he has given us.
Target Sprint is a particular strength at Wycliffe. This builds upon the successes of many Wycliffians who represent their County or Countries in a wide variety of sports including Rowing, Squash, Netball, Cricket and Rugby. For more information on the Wycliffe Advanced Sports Programme (WASP) and details of our Scholarship entry for September 2018, which will be held on 8 November, please contact Director of Sport, Mr Andy Naish or the Admissions Manager, Mrs Fiona Lawson-Best.