Compak Sporting star ready for Team GB shot
The 2018 Compak Sporting Junior UK champion will next week compete for Team GB in the sport’s Junior World Cup.
Tom McGregor, 19, is threatening to ‘do it all’ in junior Compak Sporting this year, as he prepares for his first competition in GB colours.
The young man goes into the U21 global competition in Italy having already claimed the UK title in April, in only his second-ever tournament in the shooting discipline.
The Denham End, Barrow, resident said it has been an ‘incredible year’, with only victory in the Junior World Cup left on his to-do list.
“When I first started Compak, I wanted to become UK champion, get a spot on Team GB and win the World Cup,” he said.
“It’s been an incredible year and I am just one win away from achieving all of my big goals.
“It is incredible and does feel very special.”
McGregor also helped the England junior team to success at the CPSA World English Shooting Championships in July, while also taking third in the individual contest.
He said this experience had helped grow his confidence in his abilities and, with two major championship wins under his belt this year, does not even feel nerves for next week.
“I’m just excited,” he said. “I’m not nervous at all at the moment, and I think that’s because I’ve been in this situation before now.
“I know what to expect to an extent. I do still have a lot to learn and I don’t want to be overconfident, but I have gained a lot of experience this year that will help me.
“Apart from competing in Ireland, I have never been to a competition abroad and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.
“But I have shot in all conditions, with international players, and feel I have the experience to deal with whatever comes.”
He will spend his last few days, ahead of the start of the competition, getting as much practice as possible.
“That will keep my confidence up,” he said.
“Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated to do the necessary practice but that chance of competing for Team GB, and even winning, is incentive enough.”
McGregor will compete over four days from Thursday, August 23.
He will shoot 200 clays overall, shooting 50 per day.