A thirteen-year-old Bedford School pupil has been ranked the number one shot in the country for his age group after winning this year's National British Schools and Young Shots Championships.
Darcy McBride finished in first place at the clay shooting event with a score of 30/32.
Darcy has been shooting for around two and a half years and competitively for six months. Clay pigeon shooting has been a much-loved sport in Darcy’s family for many years and the pupil is one of only a handful of young shooters who train with Philip Thorrold, a professional shooting coach and one of the world’s top shooters. Darcy trains twice a week in term time and five times a week during the school holidays.
Darcy said: “The best thing about clay shooting is that a different technique is required for each target.” His ambition - as the discipline is not currently part an Olympic event - is to win the Clay Shooting World Championships held in Dubai.