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Gold and bronze for Olympic shot hopefuls
Four top shots from Rendcomb College, Gloucestershire, took part in the Olympic Shooting Experience organised by British Shooting last month (April), bringing home an individual gold and team bronze.
British Shooting’s Talent Pathway Coordinator & Development Coach, Christian Scho eld, said: “It was great to see Rendcomb
at the Schools’ Olympic Challenge. Rendcomb’s young shooting athletes epitomise what British Shooting is looking for;
commitment, united as a team, responsible and enthusiastic. The team did very well coming third against very strong opposition.”
Rendcomb’s shooting coach, Pete Cairns (pictured with two team members) said: “The Rendcomb pupils were against some of the best young shots from around
the country. The way our pupils conducted themselves on the day was exceptional and they remained calm and collected when competing in the new disciplines.”
Teenager launches Athletics Club
A Sixth Form pupil from Giggleswick School, Yorkshire, has launched a Track and Field Club for other pupils, as part of her EPQ, after devoting her spare time to qualifying as an England Athletics Assistant Coach.
Sammy Baker-Jones attended a course in Newcastle with 20 other young people from across Northern England. She learnt the basics
of coaching Athletics including biomechanics. The quali cation allows Sammy to work as a coach under the supervision of a UKA Level 2 Coach.
In order to set up the club, Sammy has found available space in her school and arranged for an external
UKA Coach, Alistair Scholey, to help supervise the sessions once
a week. The sessions compliment over 60 clubs and societies run
by the School, and will form part of Sammy’s Extended Project Quali cation in which she is testing the effects of coaching on an athlete’s performance.
Sammy is a keen athlete and already volunteers at Leeds Athletics Club, helping with the Heptathlon training.
Headmaster Mark Turnbull said: “It’s great to see how the breadth of opportunity created by EPQs is being used by Sammy to bene t other pupils”.
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