Haigh fires his way to a place in Europe’s top two
Shooter Frank Haigh has added to his medal haul after claiming a silver in the European Fitask Compak Sporting Clay Shooting Championships.
Together with Team GB colleagues Trevor Stanton and Dennis Webb, he won the silver in the Super Veteran category - open to those aged 65 and over - in the competition at Foligno, Italy.
Haigh, who lives in Baythorn End near Haverhill but is originally from Sudbury, had to shoot 200 targets over three days, in eight rounds of 25, in order to achieve his feat.
Their score of 506 left them five points ahead of third-placed Italy but 15 points behind the winner, France.
The 67-year-old went through qualifying to achieve his place in the GB team for what was the fifth time in succession and although he didn’t quite match the gold medal he won at the 2013 European Championships, Haigh was nevertheless extremely proud.
He said: “The shooting ground in Foligno is the largest Compak Sporting arena in the world for this type of discipline – the highest level of competition dominated this year by the Italian and French teams, where the standard of shooting has risen to extremely high levels.
“It’s sad that we do not have these facilities to practice in this country.
“I feel very proud to have returned home with a Silver Super Veteran Team medal when up against the opposition, that are able to train and practice on the shooting ground throughout the year.
“Anyone returning from abroad with any medal should be proud of what they have achieved, as we are up against heavily sponsored competitors.”
In 2013 Haigh also won a silver medal in the Super Veteran class for Team GB at the World FITASC (sporting clays) Championship in Spain.
He uses a Miroku MK38 shotgun, an ‘old’ gun bought from a shooting colleague, Eric Chapman, which has enabled him to win many medals and both England and GB team places.
Haigh is now hoping to secure a sponsorship deal from Jeff Bone, managing director of Ambassador Services, for future competitions shooting.