11 Sep 2018
Oakham shooting team win Silver at Bisley Schools Shooting Competition 2018

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During the summer holidays, the Oakham shooting team won Silver at the four-day National Schools’ Shooting Competition at Bisely, which concludes with the Ashburton Shield.

This is the third year running Oakham has been placed in the competition with Bronze medals in 2016, Silver in 2017 and Silver again (by the narrowest of margins) this year.

Form 7 student Alexander reports on the event :-

“The first three days were essentially practice for the Ashburton Thursday, however competitions were still run on those days. Matt in Form 7, Melissa (was in Form 7) and I all managed to be on the leader boards for several different competitions, whether that be various aggregates or individual shoots. Two notable mentions are George in Form 5 and Marki, who despite being fairly new to the sport, performed extremely well for newcomers, scoring in excess of 30 points on multiple occasions.

Then along came Thursday, Ashburton day, with no let up in the heat. Everyone seemed to have everything sorted and in place, it was all down to the individual now. The day started with a shoot at 300 yards, then back to 600 yards and finally forward to 500 yards. We seemed to be shooting well despite the challenging shooting conditions, with the old-timers improving on last year's results and the rookies such as Callum and Josh, both in Form 6, shooting better than they had on the previous days.The leader board went up and we were delighted to see we had scored the joint highest number of points, however on count back we were pipped by just 6 V-Bulls.

We were all understandably gutted at this, as we came to Bisley this year with a great chance of winning. However Vanessa (who was in Form 7), our captain, should be incredibly proud to captain a silver medal winning team. Two of us had also managed to get into the top 100 shots of the week and I didn't embarrass myself too much in the individual competition at the end, called the Spencer Melish.

All in all it was a successful week with plenty of positives to take from the it and we will return next year with gold medals in our sights”.