Year 12 Alice Wilson has been selected to compete with the Great Britain Talent Squad for rifle and pistol shooting.
Alice will now attend monthly training sessions at the country’s premier shooting ground in Bisley working with the top GB Olympic coaches. If Alice impresses during her time with the squad, she has the opportunity to be selected for the Great Britain Olympic Team.
The young markswoman’s exciting news follows her gold medal win at her first international shooting competition as part of the England team. Held over 5 days at Bisley, the Under 21 competition saw Alice pitted against the top junior teams from Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Latvia, Denmark and South Africa.
Even more impressive, Alice was the youngest competitor in this international ladies championship.
The coming months certainly look busy for the Sixth Former. Next weekend she be defending her regional title as she takes on challengers of all ages, and both sexes, at the South West regional finals competition in Okehampton. Most competitors have at least 20 years’ experience in the field.
In October she will be competing in the Eley national individual finals and later this year will be competing in the Welsh national open championships.
Andrew Wilson, Alice’s father said: “We are so impressed by the phenomenal progress Alice has made over the last two years. She is an incredibly dedicated and ambitious sportswoman and, with the support of a sponsor to help her get to the top, selection for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2020 Tokyo Olympics is becoming an increasingly real possibility. We couldn’t be more proud.”
Alice is on the lookout for further sponsorship support as she drives towards her ultimate ambition of representing Team GB at the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.