Exeter School hosts Target Sprint

Target Sprint brings in plenty of athletes – and some parents too – as Exeter School hosts the regional championships for the third year running

Athletes from all over the country have put in some impressive performances in the Target Sprint South West Championships – with many competitors having only recently taken up the fast-paced sport.

Exeter School hosted the event for the third year in a row, with this year’s competition being split into the Super League held alongside the regular National Series qualifier.

Callum Fricker, who travelled down from Manchester, took the Super League Junior Men’s category in style, with local athlete Jonathan Williams from North Devon taking silver. Emily Shawyer continued her success in the Junior Women’s event by winning another gold, with Katie Robbins coming in a close second.

Seth Woolley’s mum Lucy runs one of the three 400-metre legs as she takes part in her very first event

Many of the competitors who qualified for the National Series Final were relative newcomers to Target Sprint. Included in the new arrivals were mums Lucy Woolley and Donna Throgmorton, who had been inspired by their children Seth and Erin to give it a go.

They both had an enjoyable and successful competition, returning home with a gold, a silver – and places to qualify in the National Series Final.

Exeter School pupil Tom Gray was crowned the South West Youth Men Champion and secured his place at the National Series Final, as did Lily Howe, who took gold in the Junior Women class. Fellow pupil Chiyuan Sun took silver, having tried Target Sprint for the first time in an Exeter School PE lesson.

The sun shone on many brilliant performances in the National Series and Super League

Royal Air Force Air Cadets 2443 (Okehampton) Squadron was represented by Frankie Scullion, Jack Kaczanow and Alex Armstrong, who all took on Target Sprint for the first time. Alex put in a strong performance to win silver in the Junior Men’s category, and is one to watch in the future.

Event organiser Georgina “Gorgs” Geikie, who represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games, said: “A huge thank you to the whole team at Exeter School, for hosting a fabulous South West Target Sprint Championships in their beautiful grounds. And particular thanks to Devon Scouts, Devon County Smallbore Association and Air Arms for their support to the event.

“The sun shone on many brilliant performances, and it’s great to see Exeter School leading the way in the new sport of Target Sprint in the region.”

For more details of upcoming events, and a full set of results, go to www.targetsprint.com.

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