Trio from Hill­top Shoot­ing Club to rep­re­sent Ire­land

Wicklow People - - NEWS -

THREE mem­bers of a north Wick­low shoot­ing club will rep­re­sent their coun­try at the BDMP Ger­man Open this week­end.

In fact, mem­bers of Hill­top Shoot­ing Club in New­town­moun­tkennedy make up one half of the six-strong Team Ire­land com­pet­ing at the in­ter­na­tional event in Leit­mar, Ger­many, from Fri­day, Novem­ber 9, to Sun­day, Novem­ber 11.

New­town­moun­tkennedy res­i­dent Eu­gene O’Rourke will be com­pet­ing for the first time for Team Ire­land, after shoot­ing in na­tional com­pe­ti­tions around the coun­try. Eu­gene, who runs Avan­tGarde Chauf­fers, has built up his scores over the last year and been se­lected based on his top three scores from the pre­vi­ous 12 months.

Len Re­gan has also been se­lected for the Ger­man In­ter­na­tional based on his scores. Len has been on each se­lected na­tional team for the last two years and was a mem­ber on the IGRF World Cup win­ning team in 2017 – a ti­tle Ire­land will de­fend next year in South Africa. Len lives near Bless­ing­ton and is the PRO for the na­tional gov­ern­ing body the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ri­fle and Pis­tol Clubs (NASRPC).

They will be joined by Gorey man and fel­low Hill­top mem­ber Karl O’Brien on the Ger­man leg of the IGRF in­ter­na­tional tar­get shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Dur­ing the event, com­peti­tors will shoot at pa­per tar­gets at vary­ing dis­tances from ten to 50 me­tres; each tar­get has a time limit and dif­fer­ent number of shots to be fired. The in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is called ‘1500’ and in­di­vid­ual com­peti­tors will also travel to com­pete along­side teams.

Ire­land are cur­rent world cham­pi­ons in tar­get shoot­ing in both small­bore and cen­tre­fire dis­ci­plines and also hold the in­di­vid­ual world cham­pion ti­tles as well.

Mick McGrath, chair­man of the NASRPC, has wished Team Ire­land the very best as they pre­pare to take on com­peti­tors from around the world.

‘The NASRPC wish all the com­peti­tors trav­el­ling to Ger­many the best of luck. It is a great hon­our to rep­re­sent Ire­land and I know each com­peti­tor will rep­re­sent their coun­try and tar­get shoot­ing at the high­est level,’ he said.

Len Re­gan.

Eu­gene O’Rourke.

Karl O’Brien.

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