Churchill’s World Compak
EJ Churchill hosted the 2016 World Compak Sporting, where nearly 400 shooters from around the globe came together to take part in the four-day, 200-target event.
For those not familiar with the discipline, it is similar to Sportrap, and sees five shooting positions on each layout. Shooters take turns to shoot a mixture of singles (full use of gun), doubles and sim pairs, and the targets must cross within the borders of a 40 x 25m box in front of the shooting positions.
In most situations this means that the majority of targets are relatively close, meaning that it is often the speed and angles of the targets that must be read by the shooter to achieve success. Consequently, scores are relatively high, and to perform at the highest level requires total concentration to produce perfect round after perfect round.
By the halfway point at the World Compak, Brett Winstanley had shot a 100-straight ahead of three 99s, while Chris Childerhouse and Richard Faulds were fifth on 98, and George Digweed was 10th on 97.
The third day proved to be a disaster for Brett though, as he posted 44 and tumbled down the order to 13th, leaving British hopes in the hands of Digweed, Faulds and Mark Winser, who were all in seventh place on 145. Christophe Auvret of France took the lead, but had a hiccup on Friday, costing him four targets and the win, which went to Tamas Jeri (198). Michael Spada, of Italy, and Auvret both finished on 195, so had to shoot off for Silver and Bronze, with the latter prevailing 24 to 22. Faulds and Winser finished fourth on 194, with Digweed, on 193, in seventh place.
There was, however, plenty of success for GB shooters in the other categories. John Bidwell took the Super Vets win on 185, while fellow Brit Alan Pearse collected the Bronze on 179. In Veterans it was a one-two for Glenn Hunt (191) and Martin Doughty (190). In Ladies, Cheryl Hall finished fifth on 181, with Amy Easeman three targets behind her; teammate Linda Grayson ended on 174. Juniors saw a dream come true for Josh Bridges who, having been narrowly denied titles at the World Sporting and World FITASC, came through to take the win.
In the team standings, GB Juniors (Josh Bridges, Nathan Skinner and Henry Young) took Silver behind France, while our Ladies took Gold ahead of Italy. Hunt, Doughty and Nigel Hart brought home Veterans Gold with Italy winning Silver, while Christopher Dennis, Frank Haigh and Dennis Webb took the Super Vets win.
‘There was plenty of success for GB shooters with John Bidwell taking the Super Vets win and fellow Brit Alan Pearse collecting the Bronze’
Josh Bridges is a very worthy Junior world champion
John Bidwell followed up on his World FITASC success with another Super Vets Gold