Strathallan aims for the World Championships after run of top clay pigeon shooting results
Two 18-year-old pupils from Strathallan, one of the country’s leading independent schools, have qualified for the World Clay Pigeon Championship next month after a series of strong performances at the British Schools & Young Shot Championships and Cluny Clays.
Ben Addison-Scott and Alasdair Lightbody, both Upper Sixth pupils at the Perthshire school, will now compete in the Scotland Under 21 team at the World Championships at EJ Churchill in High Wycombe on the last weekend of the school term at the end of June. With the other spot going to a 20 year old, the pupils have performed exceptionally well for their age, showing great potential as up-and-coming stars of the sport.
During last month’s British Schools & Young Shot Clay Championship in Bedfordshire, Strathallan’s A Team finished second out of 13 schools, only beaten by Millfield. Other UK schools competing included Rugby, Cheltenham, Cokethorpe, Kimbolton and Stowe and, as the only school in Scotland with clay shooting facilities, Strathallan were the sole representatives from north of the border. A score of 211/300 secured them the runners up position and one pupil, Keir Hail-Brown came second in the individual High Gun with a score of 41/50.
The B Team also performed very well at the Schools Championships, finishing third, and showing a great deal of resilience and promise for a less experienced group of competitors. Iain Galloway in particular, a Fourth Form pupil at Strathallan, shot an excellent 43/50, dropping only two targets going into the final two stands.
Ben and Alasdair will now be led to the World Championships by an external coach Eddy Buchan, a champion clay pigeon shooter and the youngest certified clay coach in Scotland. The boys will also be supported by their proud teacher and Strathallan Clay Coach, Paul Vallot, who has seen a particularly talented wave of pupils come through the school in recent years. Paul commented:
“This group of pupils competing at the Schools Championships have shown a great deal of dedication as well as natural talent. As a teacher, I am delighted to see them perform as well as they can at such a high level. Some of our younger pupils in particular have been shooting extraordinarily well and I have seen them come out of their shell and build their confidence through the sport. It’s one of the reasons you become a teacher, to see the kids achieve success like this.
“It has been fantastic welcoming Eddy into the team too. I am a biology teacher by day, and not the best shot, so it has been hugely beneficial having a coach of Eddy’s calibre spend time with the pupils, particularly Alasdair and Ben ahead of the World Championships next month. Alasdair and Ben have both shot consistently well this year which has enabled them to be selected. We wish them the very best for the World Championships.”
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