Members of the School's Shooting Academy recently visited the London 2012 Olympic Shooting venue.
The School’s Senior Shooting Coach, Tom Rylands, was offered the
opportunity to take a party of Senior School shooters to the London
2012 Olympic Shooting venue at Woolwich, to watch some of the World Cup
which was being run as a test event for the Olympics.
Pupils one of only two schools in the Country to be given the
opportunity to meet Olympic Competitors and even stood on the podium
with the world No1 and Gold medal winner for 50 Metre Pistol!
Whilst at the prestigious Shooting venue, pupils were introduced to
the World No 2 Prone Rifle Shooter, Eric Uptagraft, from the USA who
will be shooting in the Olympics in August. To the delight of the group,
he spent an hour answering questions about shooting, and winning, at
During the visit, there was the opportunity, also, to catch up with
GB Olympic Team member and Old Ellesmerian, Jenny Corish, who was
competing for Great Britain in the Women’s 3P event, and to watch her
shoot a personal best to qualify for the next round of that competition.
Tom Rylands explained, ‘This interesting visit was made possible
through the invitation of Eley Ltd, the British company this is the
worldwide leading manufacturer of ammunition. It was very memorable for
everyone and was particularly pleasing to witness a former pupil shoot
competitively during the day’.
He added, ‘With more open competitions for the Academy’s shooters’
this term and with, hopefully, the first Ellesmere team to compete in
20 years at the forthcoming Ashburton Trophy at Bisley, the forthcoming
premier Schools’ competition that was inaugurated in 1861, the School’s
Shooting is flourishing’.
20th September 2012 Back to News