Gold in Cairo for Victoria

Rugeley member Victoria Bradbury won Gold in the individual Junior Women’s event at the ISSF Target Sprint Grand Prix in Cairo. Victoria was joined on the podium by GB teammate Emily Sawyer who won silver.

Victoria went on to win another gold in the Mixed Pairs event with Isaac Steele. Teammates Emily and Arno Turner won Bronze.

Bradbury’s athletics coach, Keith Holt, said: “Victoria has put in a tremendous amount of work into her training. She’s such a dedicated talented athlete, with a lot more improvement to come.”

image of the GB target sprint team

Victoria (l) with GB Target Sprint team in Cairo

The team in Egypt were supported by the British Shooting Team Leader, Craig Dower, who said: “Having Target Sprint alongside the ISSF Cairo World Cup allowed a wider audience to view and support this exciting sport.

“The athletes should be proud of their achievements and we look forward to many more competitions where the greater British Shooting family can come together in promoting this challenging discipline. Target Sprint is providing us with a superb platform where we can engage far wider in advertising our sport to all.”

Gold for Megan at British Airgun Championships

Rugeley shooter Megan Bamsey became the 2022 British Junior Women’s Air Rifle Champion this weekend. Competing at the NSRA British Open Airgun Championship, Megan placed fifth in qualifying before working her way to the top during the final.

Megan follows in the footsteps of older brother Mike who has represented GB at the World Championships and Wales at two Commonwealth Games.

Megan Bamsey becomes Junior Women’s Air Rifle Champion

Rugeley supports British Schools Championship

Rugeley members supported the finals of British Shooting’s Schools Championship this week, volunteers acting as helpers and Range Officers. The Championship Finals came to Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock with nearly three hundred young athletes competing in the Air Pistol and Rifle Finals over Tuesday and Wednesday. Local schools came for trial shoots on Thursday with Rugeley providing instructors and coaches.

The competitors, aged 11-18, hailed from 140 schools up and down the country and Gorgs Geikie, the founder and manager of the Schools Championships who was the last pistol shooter to have competed at an Olympics at London 2012 said the enthusiasm and talent proves the event and the sport has a bright future ahead.

Chris Derbyshire, Managing Director at Inspiring healthy lifestyles, the not-for-profit charitable leisure trust which runs Chase Leisure Centre, said: “It was a privilege for Inspiring healthy lifestyles to be able to host the event at Chase Leisure Centre. 

“I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the competition days and it was inspiring to see such talented young people from across the country competing as well as children from local schools giving it a go.   

“I’d like to thank Cannock Chase Council for their support and look forward to working with British Shooting again in the future to ensure that the event is even bigger and better next time.”

Speaking after the Rifle competition, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Dean Bale, said: “It’s been great. To see so many young athletes coming through in this grassroots environment is incredible, and I’ve been blown away by the number of participants today.

“When I was younger I was only really exposed to target shooting through the scouts so to see schools now getting involved and offering a new route into shooting is exciting to see.

“There’s a whole range of ages and when we’ve got to the finals of each category the competition has been very close – it’s very tense and great to watch!

“I think the Championships is going to help bring more shooters in at grassroots level to feed up through the Talent Pathway and eventually into the World Class Programme.”

Club bestows Vice Presidency on Local Councillor

At the Club AGM and Awards evening we bestowed an Honorary Vice Presidency on our newest member Cllr Olivia Lyons, in a speech at the evening she commented “It’s an absolute honour to be appointed Honorary Vice President and looks forward to serving and supporting the club in its endeavours”.  Last May, Cllr Lyons became the youngest female Leader of a District/Borough Council when she became Leader of Cannock Chase District Council and is a true Rugeley girl through and through. We’re delighted to see Olivia join our team here at Rugeley Rifle Club.

British Shooting Schools Championship comes to Cannock

Rugeley Rifle Club is proud to support Cannock Chase DC and British Shooting in bringing the National Finals of the British Shooting Schools Pistol and Rifle Championships to Chase Leisure Centre in February 2022.

Gorgs Geikie, London 2012 Olympian and manager of the Schools Championships said “British Shooting are thrilled to bring the National Final to Cannock, the true heart of the country. Athletes and school teams from all over the country will descend to Chase Leisure Centre to tussle to become National Champions of today and potential Olympians and Paralympians of the future.

Silver for Richard at National Championships

Rich Hemingway placed second in A-Class on Saturday at the NSRA National Long Range Rifle Championships. Qualifying via the North-West Regional Championship, Rich fended off finalists from five other regional heats at Sywell Ranges in Northamptonshire.

The Long Range Rifle Championship is a new competition for 2021. The NSRA introduced the contest to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the National Meeting, typically held every August at Bisley.

Meant as a stopgap, the Championships have been well supported, with praise for regional events. The NSRA have often been accused of a Bisley focus with all NSRA events and matches (other than the Scottish Meeting) taking place in Surrey. Making the Association more regionally relevant is a very welcome step and the NSRA have plans to expand the series in 2022 alongside the Centenary Bisley Meeting, first held on the Camp in 1922.

New clubroom takes shape

Rugeley’s new clubroom is taking shape as the brickwork passes window height. This exciting new space will provide a comfortable social setting adjacent to the current clubroom, which is very much a working environment. A picture window will give a clear view out onto the 100yard firing point.

New club mural unveiled

RRC is delighted to unveil our new mural, generously created by the members of Brereton Youth Volunteering Group. Painted over several days in May and June, this work improves the walkway to our 10metre Air Ranges and 50metre firing point. We offer a huge thanks to Brereton Million for their hard work and hope they thoroughly enjoyed the trial shoots laid on for them afterwards!

7 Rugeley shooters in winning County Team

Congratulations to the seven Rugeley members who helped Staffordshire to victory in Division 5 of the 2019/20 Inter-County Reserves League.

Although scores have been very slow to emerge as most of the NSRA’s Competitions Team were furloughed through lockdown, we now know that Staffordshire went undefeated with nine wins and one draw across the ten rounds.

Congratulations go to Graham Delaney; Vic Tyne; Jimmy Hibbert; Lee Featherstone; James Tyne; Shane Adams and John Kemp.

Also on the team were Richard Tilstone of Market Drayton RPC; Jeff Hickson of Crewe RPC and Gordon Abbotts of City of Stoke RPC.

Full results are on the NSRA website.

Notice of AGM

The AGM will be held on Thursday 10th September at 7pm via Zoom.
This year we will need to do it slightly differently due to Covid-19.

The committee will be re-elected en-bloc and continue as-is unless we get enough nominations to hold a vote. If you have a nomination for committee agreed by the nominee, email or phone the Secretary Lee Featherstone by Wednesday 26th August.

From the 27th August we will email out the Minutes of last AGM, reports from committee and any nominations or motions.

Your votes on motions etc must be returned by 9th September.

The zoom meeting will then be held on 10th September at 7pm for results of voting, motions and any final questions etc.