Sam aims to leave junior ranks with title intact

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SAM Green jets out to Spain in two weeks time to defend his European junior clay shooting title, his last junior competition before moving up to senior ranks when he turns 21 on May 31.

Green, from Wretham, near Thetford, is boosted by his recent success at the World English Sporting Clay shooting championships in San Antonio, Texas, where he lifted the junior title, and finished seventh overall in the open age competition.

The English championships were contested over two days, with Green shooting 100 clays each day, with a success rate of 93 hits on each day.

He had flown out to Texas a few days before the championships, and warmed up by competing in a FITASC (International Federation for Sporting Shooting) competition, winning the Masters class and finishing second in the junior.

Shooting has always played a big part in his life as his father Stan is a gamekeeper on the Wretham Hall Estate, and the family have a clay trap at home.

Green, who is sponsored by Browning and Winchester, and has had a competition gun made specially for him, started shooting eight years ago.

In that time he has been England junior captain, as well as winning several English, UK and international titles. He has shot for both Great Britain and England but, according to his mother Jane, is not over-optimistic about making the GB team for the London 2012 Olympics.

Green, who is employed as a packer by Viridor, has to fit in competition with his holidays. “To compete in the Olympics he would really have to give up his job and shoot full-time,” said Mrs Green. “That’s not really possible.”