Shooting - We Are England


In shooting England lay claim to heroes, plenty of medals and even some records too.

A sport of accuracy, nerve, precision and timing, since 1966 shooting has been almost an ever-present at the Commonwealth Games, missing out only in 1970.

If there's one man to know about in shooting then it's England's Mick Gault. With 17 medals in total he is the nation's most decorated competitor, clocking up along the way an incredible nine gold medals, five Games appearances and even being given the honour of flag bearer at Melbourne 2006 - nominated after he surpassed the great Karen Pickering's medal tally.

Olympic gold medallist Malcolm Cooper too is one of England's most memorable names. A fellow flag bearer (1986 Opening Ceremony) Malcolm won four gold medals for England - one with wife Sarah - and a further five silver and three bronze between 1974 and 1990.

Record-breakers include Charlotte Kerwood (double trap - women), Aaron Heading (trap - men), Anita North (trap - women) and Parag Patel (fullbore rifle Queen's prize - open).

Did you know: James Huckle, who won four medals for England in Delhi, first began shooting when he was given an air rifle to take care of pests on his family farm.

The governing body for England’s shooting team is British Shooting.