Remove Former Darcy McBride has shot up the classification ranks after a superb season of clay pigeon shooting – and there are still plenty more competitions to enable Darcy to climb the ranks even further.
His superb eye, combined with his tenacious approach to training, has seen him move into the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association’s ‘A Class’, a ranking system which applies to English sports shooters of all ages across the country. At the tender age of just 14, Darcy is shooting well above his age group.
One of Darcy’s most notable successes was when he recently competed at the 2019 English Open – a national competition, held at the West Midlands Shooting Ground, which consists of 120 targets and 1,264 competitors. Darcy’s outstanding performance saw him placed joint 1st in Colts with 96 ex 120, which then required him to travel back the next day for a three-way shoot off to decide 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Darcy’s biggest threat in the shoot off was the number 1 Colt in the country. However, Darcy managed to overshoot him and, after a 10-target shoot-off, Darcy lost only by 1 clay to the current number 2 rank (Darcy is currently ranked 10th).
Darcy then went on to shoot in the Cheddite Championships where he was placed 4th in Colts. He then finished the half term by shooting at the AGL shooting ground, where he was placed 2nd in B Class on a fantastic 87 ex 100.
This new classification will mean a huge step up for Darcy and, whilst impressive, it will probably mean he will be unable to place in the top 10 in ‘A Class’ for a while and his training regime will need to step up.
Darcy also came joint 12th in the ‘B Class’ – a phenomenal achievement for a 14-year-old who is competing against people of all ages, many with more years’ experience than him.
We are delighted to see all of Darcy’s hard work paying off, and look forward to hearing his success in the coming months.