Callum aims straight for Olympics

PUBLISHED: 10:10 15 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

THIRTEEN-year-old Churchill Community School student Callum McMillan is aiming for a place in the British Olympic team in 2012. When he was eight years old Callum was

THIRTEEN-year-old Churchill Community School student Callum McMillan is aiming for a place in the British Olympic team in 2012. When he was eight years old Callum was introduced to shooting by Martin Raynor who ran a small shoot near LangfordHe received his first coaching from Roger Bliss, a qualified BASC (British Association for Shooting and Conservation) coach from Cheddar who specialises in teaching youngsters how to shoot safely.For two years Callum was coached at Newnham Park in Plymouth by Michael Wilce who played a huge part in developing his talent. In September last year Callum grew enough to handle a full sized gun and took up trap shooting.Michael handed Callum over to former GB veteran shooter, Devon-based Ron Whatley who taught Callum the basics of trap shooting and has given him three months to gain some experience before starting serious coaching this year. Sadly Michael died recently but he was told that Callum had made a promising start in his class with a third place (score 94ex100 hits, 260 points) and two wins (94/277, 94/269) in the past month.Callum competes all over the South West in a discipline called Down The Line (DTL) against adults with many years experience. His home ground is Brook Bank near Cheddar which is close enough for after-school practice. It has excellent facilities and owners Wesley and Alison Hann have been supportive. To qualify for the Olympics, Callum will need to change disciplines to Olympic Trap or Double Trap where the targets are faster and the angles at which they are thrown are wider and steeper, but Callum has quick reactions and already has shown that he can hit such targets. 2012 may seem a long way off, but Callum has a lot of hard work ahead to win a place in the squad. He has the talent and with application, dedication, enthusiasm and good coaching he is in with a chance.

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