Shooter Haigh completes a hat-trick of European medals

BAYTHORNE END: Frank Haigh with his bronze medal from the European shooting championships
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160905-095001009
BAYTHORNE END: Frank Haigh with his bronze medal from the European shooting championships Picture Mark Westley ANL-160905-095001009
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Frank Haigh now has a third European Compak Championship clay shooting medal after winning bronze in his latest international shoot.

The 68-year-old from Baythorne End near Haverhill, who originates from Sudbury, returned from Hungary after shooting for Great Britain in the championship, having qualified for the third time since GB became involved in the discipline.

Haigh and his Team GB colleagues Nick Williamson and Chris Dennis came third in the Super Veterans category with a score of 502, just five targets behind silver medallists France and 24 behind the winners, Italy.

“I was very proud to return with a fine medal and a splendid trophy,” said Haigh.

“Anyone returning from abroad with a medal should be proud of what they have achieved, as we are up against heavily sponsored competitors.

“The other GB shooters shot very well but, due to lack of practice facilities in this country for Compak Sporting, we are shooting against very serious competitors.”

The competition took place at the Sarlospuszta Shooting Ground and saw Haigh shoot 200 targets over four days - eight rounds of 25 targets per round.

Having shot in the last three qualifying competitions in the UK Haigh was once again pleased to be in the top three Super Veteran shooters (aged 65 and over).

The bronze medal is the latest in a hat-trick of medals for Haigh at the European Compak Championship, having won gold in 2013 and silver in 2015. In 2014 he was unable to attend the competition.

Overall in the championships, Team GB came sixth in the Seniors, fourth in the Juniors, third in the Super Veterans, second in the Ladies and second in the veterans.

The next big competition is the World Compak Sporting Competition in August, which for the first time is being hosted in the UK, at E.J.Churchill Shooting Ground, West Wycombe, Bucks.

In order to make the team Haigh must successfully negotiate one more qualifying competition in July.