We are thrilled to learn that Fourth Former Darcy McBride has finished in first place in the U14 Category of the National British Schools and Young Shots Championships 2018 with a score of 30/32. 

This means that Darcy, who was representing Bedford School in the competition,  is now ranked as the number one shot in the UK for his age group – quite an incredible achievement. 

Darcy has been shooting for around two and a half years and competitively for six months. Clay pigeon shooting has been a much-loved sport in Darcy’s family for many years and so it was perhaps inevitable that Darcy would follow in their footsteps. However, no-one imagined that his shot would be quite so precise! Darcy is one of only a handful of young, talented shooters who train with Philip Thorrold, a professional shooting coach and one of the world’s top shooters. Darcy trains twice a week in term time and five times a week in the holidays.

Darcy told us, “The best thing about clay shooting is that a different technique is required for each target.”

Darcy also explained that, as this discipline is not part of the Olympic Games, his ultimate goal is to win the Clay Shooting World Championship held in Dubai.

Good luck Darcy! We look forward to watching your success over the coming years.

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