Bloxham pupil becomes European shooting champion

Josh Vaughan won the European Junior Shooting Championship. NNL-150925-105651001
Josh Vaughan won the European Junior Shooting Championship. NNL-150925-105651001

A Bloxham School pupil has won the Junior European Championship when the British Field Target Championships held their European Championships.

Josh Vaughan won the trophy at the event held last weekend after scoring two personal bests with 37 on day one and 40 on day two, combining for a total score of 81 per cent. The feat was all the more remarkable given that he only began shooting competitively 12 months ago.

Field target shooting is an air gun discipline which is growing in popularity worldwide. Competitors aim to shoot small “kill” zones, which make up part of a larger metal faceplate.

The scores are calculated as a percentage of the best score on the day, this is to prevent poor weather conditions ruining a season’s average score.

The European Championships saw some 112 participants, from a number of different countries, competing in the top event outside of the World Championships. Field Target Shooting is unusual in its format, as all competitors shoot at the same set of targets.

As such, Josh has had the opportunity to shoot alongside current and former World, European and Grand Prix champions.

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