It is the same each year. May Bank Holiday weekend is the English Championships, and for the first time for a good while I was able to attend. ISCH, a good minor competition in Hannover, Germany where I compete with both my Air and .22 Pistols, usually clashes with it, but instead it's a week later!
Sport Pistol, but with an Air Gun, I classed as my warm-up competition on sunday morning. It was great fun especially as I realised I'd not shot that pistol since 2009 (mainly because it is SO DIFFERENT to my .22 Pardini cartridge pistol).
My main event came at lunch time, Air Pistol. The qualification went well, shooting 380/400 a clear 8 points infront of my nearest rival. And by the end of the Final, this lead had stretched to 8.3. I'm the English Champion 2011!
I was quite happy with my qualification performance and a step forwards in my progression again, even if I shot another consistent 380 when all I need is 381 to qualify me for World Cups this year! Annoying, but I won't back down!
It was straight back home to Devon after filming in London, for the Exeter Chiefs End of Season Dinner. (With just enough time to dash to the gym for a session before!)
I was kindly invited by Jamie Horner to join the Ashfords Solicitors table. Three players were on each table of which Jason Shoemaker was sitting to my right. I was gutted in the closing seconds of the silent auction, when 'Annie Oakley's' bid for Jason's Chiefs European Cup Rugby Shirt was shot down by an anonymous bidder on table 28!
It was a great fun evening with delicious food, great company and inspiring speeches. Rob Baxter (coach) being one of these. Martin Bayfield was a great Guest Speaker and brought the house down on many occasion, before live music from the Unknowns saw the night out in style. (Pictured, James Stevenson Exeter Chiefs Sports Therapist. A fellow Uni friend!)
Halliford Studios in Shepperton, London was the location for a short piece of filming is did on thursday. Here's a picture of the action!