We love our guest blogs! Thank you to Emma Stacey, one of our sponsored shooters who wrote a detailed post about her experience at the European FITASC Championships in Italy
The week was made all the more special for me because I got to shoot in the same team as my dad, who was also the GB captain. We are one of only a few father-daughter pairings to shoot in the same national team, and it was a very memorable experience. Another highlight of the trip for me was carrying the GB flag at the opening ceremony in Todi. The FITASC opening ceremonies are very different to the Sporting ones, and to have the opportunity to parade through Todi was fantastic.
From a Ladies team perspective, we had a bit of a rocky start to the competition but the last two days, and especially the last day, were mega. At the start of Sunday, we were 21 points behind France in the team category, and we were very close with Russia and Italy and so the pressure was on to have a good day to get the best medal possible. If I’m honest, I thought silver was definitely attainable, but I thought that France, who had shot superbly all week, were a bit out of reach. However, it turned out not to be the case as after an awesome effort from the team we managed to overturn a 21-point gap in one day to win the Ladies team title by 1 clay!!! Standing on the podium hearing the national anthem play out was a very proud moment and one I hope I can repeat at some point in the future. Thank you to Lucy and Pet for being fantastic teammates and giving it their all, we can now say we are European team champions!!!
I must not go any further without congratulating the whole GB team, every single category won medals with all but the Men’s team winning gold. The men shot fantastically all week and a bronze medal was truly deserved in a very tough category. Massive congratulations to Des Sturgess and Josh Bridges, two new European Champions from the GB squad. For every category team to win gold was a truly fantastic result, and one of the best performances from a GB FITASC team in recent years.
Individually Dad finished 12th overall and I finished 7th in Ladies which is a great result to build from going forward, complementing our team medals. I was very pleased with my performance, especially considering it was my first GB cap. We have had a fantastic time in Italy and that is largely to do with the people and teammates we shared the experience with. The atmosphere amongst the team was second to none, and I really do hope this will prove to be a launch pad for GB FITASC teams in the future.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the incredible support I get from my sponsors that builds the foundations for this result. Teal and quartering-going-away targets were something I really struggled with from the gun-down position before the trip, but Dad and I had a very good practice session with my CPC clays refining the technique. This proved absolutely crucial as there were LOADS of teal at the shoot and I went from hardly ever hitting them, to only missing one all week. So, thank you Laporte CPC for giving me that opportunity!
Thank you also to Krieghoff, Hull Cartridge, Vario, West Country Guns, Team Bath and top coach Shaun Stacey.
Next stop - the World Sporting, where GB teammates will become England rivals!
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