On the weekend of 14 and 15 January, 45 scouts from across the
county gathered in Altrincham to take part in the second Greater
Manchester West Shooting competition. The competitors were aged
from 10 to (well) over 18 and were divided into two age groups,
under 14, and 14 and over.
A number of scouts had previous experience of shooting, some had
none, but that did not matter because after a safety briefing some
basic coaching was given to all entrants that wanted it. The
competition consisted of 20 shots with an air rifle and 20 shots
with an air pistol.
There was some excellent shooting, bearing in mind that quite a
number of entrants had no previous experience. First place in the
U14s was taken by Daniil Mironov of 7th Sale with 268, followed by
Michael Mo and James Nightingale both of 17th Sale with 260 and 257
respectively. In the older group Richard Gould of Altrincham
District Panther Explorers was first with 229, Drew Broatch a
leader at 1st Timperley Snowden Explorers was second with 221 and
just one point behind, Daniel Fairchild of 100th Salford was third
with 220. The top three in each age group achieved a score higher
than the winner in the previous year, demonstrating a clear
improvement in the standards. In case you are wondering why the
younger shooters scored higher than the older ones, they are
allowed some additional support.
The competition was organised and run by the members of
Altrincham Rifle and Pistol Club, and without the support of many
of the club members the competition could not take place.
A group of the top scoring entrants from each age group has now
started weekly training towards the National Scout County Team
competition, which will take place on the last Sunday in March at
Wolverhampton. The aim is to improve on last years eighth
In the attached picture are, Left to right
Back row: Daniel Fairchild, 100th Salford, Drew Broatch, 1st
Timperley Snowden and Richard Gould, Altrincham Panther
Front row: Daniil Mironov, 7th Sale, James Nightingale and Michael
Mo, both of 17th Sale.