shooting enthusiast targets Commonwealth Games
shooting enthusiast Conor Keohane has topped off a successful
rifle shooting season with acceptance into the Team England National
Squad Academy, from which potential shooters for the 2018 Commonwealth
Games in Australia will be identified.
who previously held a Bridgwater College Sports Scholarship, became
a member of the Great Britain Junior Rifle Squad in October 2011,
and has emerged as one of the UKs top junior shooters in
trains weekly at the Sedgemoor Target Shooting Club in Burnham-On-Sea,
which has fostered the careers of several top UK shooters and
now enjoys a thriving junior membership.
has reached the finals of several major competitions this year.
In April he gained third place in the 3-position (3P) match at
the Junior International in Oldenburg, Germany, and he also pulled
off a personal best in air rifle to reach the final in what is
arguably his least strong discipline.
repeated this success at Bisley in August, achieving another personal
best score to reach the final of the return international match
against shooters from South Africa, Germany and Denmark.
May he also reached the final eight in the English Small-bore
Shooting Union Mens Championships, lining up alongside Commonwealth
shooters Dan Rivers Commonwealth gold medallist
and Ken Parr.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was first introduced to shooting
when I joined the local Army Cadet force, and although I quickly
realised that it was a sport I really enjoyed, I never imaginde
that I would ever reach the level I find myself at today."
would love to go to the next Commonwealth Games, but with so many
other talented shooters out there I know I have a lot to do to
achieve that. I am grateful for the scholarship support I received
during my time at Bridgwater College, and am delighted that UWE
have offered me further assistance towards my ultimate goal."
studying Law at the University of the West of England (UWE), Conor
hopes to build on his success with the assistance of a UWE High
Performance Scholarship, that not only encompasses financial support
but also gym membership and advice and information on fitness,
nutrition and sports psychology.