Seaford College pupil Charles Christie talks about his Olympic skeet shooting ambitions

Seaford College pupil Charles Christie - skeet shooting interviewYear 11 pupil Charles Christie hadn’t tried shooting before he came to Seaford College. He’s now part of the England Talent Pathway and is in contention to make the Great Britain skeet shooting squad in the near future. Charles, who has been at Seaford for five years, spoke to us about his ambitions.

 

How did you become involved in skeet shooting?

“I first started shooting at Seaford four years ago. Then a friend gave me info about a Young Shoots day, which is an event aimed at bringing young people into shooting. An England coach spotted me there and offered to put me on the England Talent Pathway and to provide one-to-one training.

“I’m now in my second year on the England Pathway. I recently came second in the U16 section at the England Grand Prix. I also won the inter-counties Olympic skeet contest. I’ve been part of the Surrey team for a while. And now the selection process for the Great Britain squad is about to start.

“I’ve been training with the England coach David Dale. The usual routine after I’ve arrived at the range is to warm up, shoot a few 25-clay rounds, see how I’ve done and then focus on my mental approach. In shooting, how you think about the competition is so important.”

What are your plans for the future?

“If I continue to progress I’ll be part of the England team in the coming years, and then hopefully I can make the step up to the Great Britain squad. My ultimate aim is to compete internationally and I’m thinking about taking part in a couple of international contests later this year. I was part of the Target Tokyo training selection process for the 2020 Olympics, and the Olympics is my ultimate goal. It’s something I’m seriously considering making a career out of, whether as a competitor or as a coach.

What advice do you have for current Seaford pupils who are thinking about trying the sport out?

“My advice would be to just go up to the range and try it out. Just try to enjoy it and if you do like it, the staff here will definitely make you better.

How did the College help to develop your skeet skills?

“At the start, I would go up to the range on Saturday and they were always extremely supportive and always trying to improve my technique. The focus is all about the lesson, rather than having pupils just turn up. The staff here encouraged me to get involved in competitions from an early stage. That was important. They’re trying to stage regular competitions on the range at Seaford now, which is a really good development.”

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