Clay pigeon shooter Dan Mawby in the trophies at Home Countries event
Swavesey ace shines for England
Dan Mawby swept the board at the FITASC Home Countries International Tournament at North Ayrshire Shooting Ground.
The clay pigeon shooting event pitted the best of England, Ireland, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales against each other, and Swavesey-based Mawby was in top form.
There were four qualifying shoots to get into the England team, and Mawby was selected as one of two juniors.
At the competition, the 21-year-old was bang in form, earning the junior high gun title with a top score of 72 out of 100 shots.
He was also the England high gun, joined Charles Monahan to take the junior team gold and won the Pete Bennett Memorial Trophy – for the highest score on the fourth lay-out.
“The first lay-out I shot 14 out of 25, which if you ever shot that anywhere else you would be seriously disappointed, but it was that hard,” said Mawby, who was second in the juniors last year.
“I managed to recover and shoot a couple of good scores to even it up again.
“I was three behind with 25 clays to go, and he [Monahan] was shooting the same lay-out as me in the squad in front so as soon as he finished his score was set on 71.”
It meant Mawby had to shoot 21 out of 25 to win, but he was unaware of that until he had only four clays remaining.
“I had already missed four of the 25 so I had to straight my last pairs to win the shoot in the juniors,” he said. “And I managed to get the pairs – it was probably the most nervous thing I’ve ever done in my life.
“I got the first pair and thought if I hit one of these pair then I’ve drawn, and then if I get both of them I’ve won.
“I got the first one but then the second one was a long, slow crosser and the whole time I was thinking ‘if you get this, then you’ve won’; I managed to get it, so it was a good feeling.”
Mawby, who shoots at Cambridge Gun Club and uses a Beretta 692, has been shooting competitively for the past five years, having started when he was 11 after inheriting a gun from his grandfather.
And he already has eyes on his next target. “I narrowly missed out on the GB team by one clay last year,” he said, “so the aim is to get into that.”