McGregor on target to clinch Challenge success

Tom McGregor has won his class at the Schools Challenge shooting competition.
Tom McGregor has won his class at the Schools Challenge shooting competition.
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Clay shooting starlet Tom McGregor showcased his undoubted potential by clinching victory in his age category at The Schools Challenge.

The event kicked off in 
spectacular fashion, with record numbers attending the Oxford leg of competition, open to competitors up to the age of 21.

Competing in his first national event, which attracted almost 200 entrants, the King Edward VI School pupil, who is trained by Phillip Thorrold, claimed victory in the Prep individual boys’ category (under-14), with an impressive score of 45 from 50 clays, beating Brody Woollard from Polesworth High School with 42, and Alex Wilkinson from Brineleas High School with 40.

Reflecting on his son’s achievement, Tom McGregor senior, who introduced Tom junior to the sport at the age of eight, spoke of his pride and revealed the youngster has already set his sights on a future appearance at an Olympic Games.

“I encouraged Tom into shooting when he was eight years old with lessons and he showed interest from the beginning,” he said.

“He had a fairly good eye and wanted to continue and so it is great to see how far he has progressed.

“It was his first major national competition against people his own age and he was nervous beforehand with a few sleepless nights.

“I’m not really much of a shooting man myself because I can’t match his scores anymore and I’m really proud of his achievement.

“He was thrilled with his performance and to get 90 per cent is a fantastic result.

“He has mentioned that he would like to compete at the Olympics one day and so that is definitely a future goal of his to try and achieve.”