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06.12.2017 Team England Announces Shooting Squad for 2018 Commonwealth Games
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Team England has selected its rifle, pistol, shotgun and full bore shooters who will compete at the next Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, in April 2018.

The squad of 20 athletes will compete for Team England across all four shooting disciplines in the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane from 8 to 14 April.

Twelve of the athletes on the team have experienced a Commonwealth Games previously with 22 medals between them.

Double Commonwealth champion and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Steve Scott, said:

“It’s always an honour to represent England and on a personal level, to be attending my third Commonwealth Games is something I am very proud of. The aim will definitely be to try and win another gold medal, but I know it will be tough as the level of competition increases at every Games.

“I have some great memories from the shoot-off against Matthew French in Glasgow and if I come away from the Gold Coast with similar memories then I’m sure it’s going to be a brilliant Games.”

Triple Commonwealth Games medallist in rifle, Ken Parr, will be competing at his third Games. He said:

“I’m really looking forward to my third Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Previously I’ve won two silver medals and a bronze so I’m really looking forward to hopefully complete the set and win a gold. At the moment I’m training hard and looking forward to the next few months now that my selection is confirmed for the Games.”

Twenty-year-old skeet shooter, Amber Hill, said:

“I’m super excited about the Commonwealth Games, especially with it being in Australia, it will be an incredible experience to represent Team England. There will be so much pride when we’re out there.

“I’ve learnt so much since Glasgow and gained so much experience so hopefully I can put it all into practice in Australia.”

It means so much to me to represent Team England,

Team England will send a team of around 600 athletes and staff in what will be England’s largest ever team to represent the nation in an overseas sporting event. The team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

Sarah Winckless, Chef de Mission for Commonwealth Games England, said:

"This shooting team is an exciting mix of proven medal winning experience and new talent. I welcome them to the growing Team England pride and look forward to working with them to prepare them for the Games.

“We look forward to the high-level of competition the Commonwealth Games will provide and with our excellent team of staff focussing their efforts to ensure that when we get out there, Team England will have everything set up for a world-class performance environment.”

Shooting brings together accuracy, speed and consistency with the distances on the Gold Coast varying from 10m to almost 1km. Alongside individual action, Team England’s men and women will shoot side by side in the Queen’s Prize Individual and the Queen’s Prize Pairs.

Team England Shooting Team Leader, Christian Schofield, said:

“We’re very excited to be taking part in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next year. The team members have come through a tough selection process and thoroughly deserve their place in what looks to be a very capable shooting team.

“We will now begin the hard work of training for the Games in the hope of making everyone in England proud of our endeavours. Congratulations to those athletes selected and thank you to you and your coaches for the hard work and commitment getting to this stage.”

The team in full is as follows:

 

Name

Date of birth

Hometown

Commonwealth Games Experience

Rifle

Ken Parr

3/10/88

Croydon, London

Glasgow 2014 - Bronze

Delhi 2010 – 2 x Silver

David Binney

20/12/66

Sheffield

-

Dean Bale

19/3/97

Barnstaple, Devon

-

Katie Gleeson

7/4/95

Goring-by-sea, Sussex

-

Lina Jones

13/1/68

Redhill, Surrey

-

Pistol

Kristian Callaghan

1/7/93

Reading

Glasgow 2014 – Bronze

Pune 2008 Youth Games

Victoria Mullin

22/4/90

Woking, Surrey

Glasgow 2014

Pune 2008 Youth Games

Shotgun

Freddie Killander

6/3/92

Cambridgeshire

-

Jack Fairclough

11/3/97

Manchester

-

Matt French

8/7/81

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

Glasgow 2014 – Silver

Steven Scott

10/1/85

Battle, Sussex

Glasgow 2014 – Gold

Delhi 2010 - Gold

Ed Ling

7/3/83

Wellington, Somerset

Melbourne 2006

Aaron Heading

21/5/87

Spalding, Lincolnshire

Glasgow 2014 – Silver

Delhi 2010 – Gold and Bronze

Amber Hill

21/8/97

Binfield, Berkshire

Glasgow 2014

Emily Hibbs

1/6/98

Poole, Dorset

-

Rachel Parish

21/5/81

Nottingham

Glasgow 2014 – Bronze

Melbourne 2006 – Gold and Silver

Abbey Ling

3/3/87

Wellington, Somerset

Delhi 2010 – Silver

Ellie Seward

14/12/97

Chard, Somerset

-

Full Bore

David Luckman

21/04/76

Bristol

Glasgow 2014 – Gold x 2

Parag Patel

27/12/75

Cobham, Surrey

Glasgow 2014 – Gold and Bronze

Delhi 2010 – Gold and Bronze

Melbourne 2006 – Gold and Silver

As part of its plans to send the best prepared team to the Gold Coast, Commonwealth Games England will hold a 10-day preparation camp in Brisbane, create a dedicated performance centre inside the Commonwealth Games Village, and offer a full programme of support services.

Team England’s preparation camp for the Gold Coast will include a number of specially selected high-performance sports and support facilities that will enable athletes to continue training and complete their final preparations prior to entering the Commonwealth Games Village.

The dedicated performance centre will be at the heart of Team England’s headquarters inside the Commonwealth Games Village. It will provide an enhanced environment in the Village for athletes, coaches and support staff, where the team will have access to dedicated doctors, physios and a full range of clinical, rehabilitation, preparation services, kit, equipment, stretching and R&R areas.