McGregor helps England put an end to nine-year title drought
Tom McGregor has helped the England junior team to success at the CPSA World English Shooting Championships 2018.
Success in the junior category comes for the first time since 2009, to end a nine-year drought in the international tournament.
The 19-year-old also came third in the junior category of the individual competition, a result he views as ‘amazing’.
He shot a total of 168 clays from a possible 200 for the podium place, pipped to the top spot by just six clays.
McGregor, from Denham End near Barrow, said that he was ‘very happy’ with the result but also found it hard not to look back and wonder.
“I think I shot well to come third,” he said.
“I’m very happy with it, but I also wasn’t far off the pace.
“Looking back at the score, I feel like I should have been able to shoot at least five more.
“But it was a hard shoot so I shouldn’t think like that.
“Third individually and helping the team to a first place, well, it was a good weekend.
“It’s amazing to have done it, England are considered one of the stronger shooting nations, but nine years is a long time to go without winning it.
“So I definitely felt a lot of pride in being able to help the team take the title.”
He said his year has seen him go from strength to strength, having already won the 2018 Compak Sporting Junior UK Championship in April.
“I did half expect to have a good year,” he admitted.
“Because I’ve taken a gap year to focus on it (shooting) like I never have before.
“I suppose I am taking it all in my stride, I’m just expecting the best of myself as I know what I’m capable of.”
McGregor has next targeted a place on the Team GB squad ahead of this summer’s Compak Sporting World Cup in Italy, with selection shots at the end of the month.
He said: “It would be amazing to make the Team GB squad.
“I’ve had a good year so far but that would make it even better, to compete at a World Cup for Britain.”
McGregor would compete in the junior class (under-21) and will continue to hone his skills for the next two years ahead of a senior career.
He will try his hand at making Team GB at the Compak Sporting British Grand Prix at High Lodge on July 28/29 – which doubles up as the selection event for the World Cup.
“I don’t want to be overconfident,” he said. “But I think I can make the team, I’m shooting well this year, as recent results have shown.
“It would be an amazing experience to go to Italy, and I know it would also be a very proud moment if I were to make the team.”
McGregor wanted to thank his sponsors Landmark Scaffolding and Fornham Business Courts for their support, without which, he could not compete.