There were some real hot shots at the District Shooting Competition for Scouts and Explorers held on 11 December. Eight explorers and twenty five scouts braved the cold and damp to compete at the Kibworth Gun Club Shooting Ground.
After a short warm-up, each scout and explorer fired three rounds with each of the three different air rifles: springers, PCP (pre charged pneumatics) and pistol.
Using national competition rules and standards, the scouts and explorers were required to shoot standing up with those who are regular members of the District Shooting Club demonstrating their prowess.
As well as the trophies for the top explorer and top scout, there were team trophies with the different explorer units and scout troops competing against each other.
In a very close explorer competition, the top three scores were separated by only a few points. Frances Hammond won the Top Spot and the Explorer team trophy was won by Mad Hatters ESU. The trophies were presented by Debbie Billington, District Commissioner.
There was a much wider range of scores in the Scout competition but again the top spots were fairly close with Adam Sherlock at the highest. He was awarded the trophy by Paul Adams, lead scouter for Hinckley District Scout Shooting Club.
The Scout Team Trophy went to 1st Welland Valley.
The participants from the district competition will be considered for our district team at the County Competition next February. From there a team is picked to enter the national scout air rifle championships held at Bisley in October.