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After a busy year of sport within the Armed Forces, the British ArmyArmy_sports_awards kicked off awards season this month on Tue 14th November 2017.  The special awards ceremony was held in the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and invited from the Army Shooting Team this year was WO1 Zoe Bruce, SSgt Rebecca Carnell, Sgt Ian Jack, Sgt Sam Gowin and Cpl Stuart Hill, whom all presented themselves well and dressed suitably for the occasion in military finery.  The evening honoured the Army’s top athletes as their sporting achievements were recognised for each of the awards, including Sportsman Of The Year, Sportswoman Of The Year, Rising Star Of The Year, Official Of The Year, and Team Of The Year, and Lifetime Achievement.  Unfortunately, this year saw no award winners from the Shooting Team, however this did not stop them from feeling proud and inspired by all the winners and their acceptance speeches. The shooting team look ahead to another year where they wish to continue all their hard work in their sport and their military careers.  For further details on the Army Sports Awards simply follow: www.forces.net/sport/army-sports-awards-2017-winners-revealed .



Sgt Sam Gowin at the Commonwealth Games Test Event Oct 2017, photograph courtesy of WO1 Zoe Bruce (Photograph right caption): Cpl Stuart Hill’s Firing Point for 50m Rifle Prone Men’s event, photograph courtesy of Cpl Stuart Hill.The Commonwealth Games Test Event and shooting federation championships was attended by WO1 Zoe Bruce, Sgt Sam Gowin and Cpl Stuart Hill, all athletes that are currently on the British Army’s ‘Troops 2 Target ’programme.  All three have been training tirelessly in their shooting disciplines in the hope of making selection to proudly represent their home nations at the Common Wealth Games next year.  As a result of many strong shooting performances at ISSF events domestically & internationally this year, the three talented athletes made the selection to compete at the test event in the build up to next year.

The event was held at the Belmont Shooting Complex in Brisbane, Australia from October 28th to November 8th 2017.  The event was held in conjunction with the 2017 Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships.

Following an outstanding year winning gold at the Hannover Open in May 2017 and at the same time setting a new GB record for the 50m Rifle Prone Women’s discipline, WO1 Zoe Bruce represented England in the Women’s 50m Prone event at the CSF Championships.  WO1 Bruce put in a good performance making 6th place overall against the many different nations in attendance.  Her 6th place position also placed her 1st out of the total 3 rifle shooters representing England in the discipline.

Since only picking up pistol in its sport form a year ago which was following many consecutive years of being crowned British Army’s top combat pistol shooter, Sgt Sam Gowin represented England in the 25m Rapid Fire (RF) Men’s Event at the Australia CSF Championships.  Sgt Gowin handled the pressures of competing at such a high level and so far from home, making the RF finals for his nation, held on Day 8.  After a high-pressure knock-out final, he came away with an outstanding 4th place overall out of 6 in the finals.

Having always been a keen rifle shooter in all forms and disciplines, throughout his upbringing and career in the Army, Cpl Stuart Hill represented his home nation Northern Ireland in his strongest discipline in the sport, the 50m Rifle Prone Men’s event.  Cpl Hill was the only T2T representative to compete in a second discipline which was the 50m Rifle 3P Men’s event.   Cpl Hill performed well against his many high level competitors, managing to put in two individuals scores that match his training averages to date.


cpl Stuart Hill Welsh Airgun 2017The 2017 Welsh Air Gun Open Meeting was held over the weekend of 13 – 15 October 2017 at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Garden, Cardiff.  The Air Gun Meeting in Wales included the following events over the three days; 10m Air Rifle for Men, Women and Juniors, 10m Air Pistol for Men, Women and Juniors and WAA Closed Championships in 10m Air Rifle and 10m Air Pistol.

The results from each Squad and the Olympic Finals were streamed to Megalink’s online results service.  Any future competitions Troops To Target attend using this service allows each shooters individual results to be streamed live and is accessible though Megalink online at MLLive. For the full results from the Welsh Air Gun 2017 follow; http://www.welsh-airgun.org.uk/wa2017/StartFrame.htm.

Troops To Target sent a total of 9 athletes to the meeting, comprising of 4 Pistol & 5 Rifle shooters.

Overall there was some very good shooting from within the Army Team.  In particular, from one of the newest team members, LCpl Stephen Mitchell.  LCpl Mitchell set a himself a new lifetime personal best in the 10m Air Rifle Men’s event Day 1, and soon after finished the weekend competition with a new personal best with a score of 592.4. 

WO1 Zoe Bruce and SSgt Rebecca Carnell each qualified for all three finals for their three respective discipline matches.  SSgt Carnell also set a new lifetime personal best score in 10m Air Pistol Women (370/400), placing her 5th overall in qualification. 

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On Thursday 28th September the Army Sports Control Board (ASCB) held the Army Elite Support Briefing day in Fox Lines, Aldershot Garrison. 

As a follow on from last years briefing day, this year’s brief included speakers such as our very own, WO1 Zoe Bruce, and also Maj Gen Shaun Burley CB MBE  and Lt Col (Retd) Alan Billings of the ASCB. Another guest speaker was Mr. Lee Dyson of Army Sports Lottery who spoke on maximising grants from the ASL for elite athletes to be able to receive better financial support to compete internationally.  Another guest speaker was Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mr Michael Knott from the English Institute of Sport, whom has been supporting T2T since the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) was adopted. 

Closing the briefing was Mr John Donnelly, Head of Sport Integrity with UK Sport.  Following the brief, all attendees were invited to the Fox Lines Gymnasium to view the Army Elite Sport Stands.  Included in the sport stands was our Troops 2 Target Representatives whom managed a very professional display including a mini workshop in the SCATT shooter training system, which allowed guests of all shooting experiences to try out the teams diverse range of Target Air Pistols and Rifles.

Those that attended the 1 day event this year from the Army Shooting Team were; Pistol shooters; Capt Kay Brass, SSgt Rebecca Carnell, Sgt Ian Jack and Sgt Sam Gowin, Rifle shooters; WO1 Zoe Bruce, Cpl Stuart Hill, LCpl Steve Mitchell and Pte Chloe Jones and Clay Shooter; SSgt Mark Robinson.

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