Tom takes the spoils
THE favourite lived up to his billing as Tom Vaudin came out on top of the C class in the Guernsey 10m Air Rifle Championships.
The younger members of the island’s air rifle contingent were in action on the first weekend of the championships with 17-year-old Vaudin and his younger brother Ben, 15, from the North United club joined in the final by two Cobo club members in James Ruddy, 15, and Jordan Guillou, 14.
John Mechem, competition secretary for the Guernsey Air Rifle Association, was in attendance to collate the scores for the 60-shot match. The time limit was 1hr 45min.
This is quite a challenge for the juniors, but they coped well and they all put in noteworthy performances.
Once the final targets were counted, Tom Vaudin emerged victorious with a score of 501.
Guillou took second with 470, his personal best score, closely followed by Ruddy, who was only three points adrift on 467.
Ben Vaudin, who is relatively new to 10m air rifle shooting, placed fourth with a score of 416.
‘Each one of these junior shooters acquitted themselves very well,’ said Mechem.
‘They all have very good potential to challenge the local elite shooters in years to come.
‘Regular practice is going to be important, but more so will be the quality of the coaching that they receive.’
The A and B class finals take place next weekend.
Three current and former island champions will be competing in the A class to see who will take top honours and represent Guernsey in next month’s Channel Islands Championships.
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