Shooting star teams up with Olympian

DKH Unlocking Potenial at Milbank Towers, London, Britain -  11 May 2012. Hannah Davies with her mentor, hockey player Charlotte Hartley. Photo contributed.
DKH Unlocking Potenial at Milbank Towers, London, Britain - 11 May 2012. Hannah Davies with her mentor, hockey player Charlotte Hartley. Photo contributed.
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A HIGH PEAK hot shot is teaming up with Commonwealth bronze medallist and Olympic hockey player Charlotte Hartley as part of a national mentoring programme.

Hannah Davies, from New Mills, is one of only 20 teenagers across the country to be selected for the Unlocking Potential programme, which aims to unlock the potential of young people aged 14-19 who have shown commitment and integrity in the face of challenging personal circumstances.

Hannah was nominated by her school, St Thomas More in Buxton, following a series of events to support her in her shooting career, that has seen her compete in Germany and South Africa as well as across the UK.

Headteacher Brendan Hickey said: “This is such a fantastic opportunity for Hannah, and to be one of only 20 people in the UK to have been chosen is incredible.

“There is no-one more deserving of this opportunity than Hannah. I know she will make the most of it.”

Hannah, who started shooting with 17th Buxton Scout Airgun Group, has enjoyed success at both national and international level.

Last year, she was crowned Junior British Open Champion, shooting Sporter air rifle in both standing and 3 position, and also breaking her own British records.

She competed for Great Britain in August against South Africa, becoming the first in the event’s history to win all three individual events. She missed out on the medals on her second international call-up in October, also against South Africa, but finished as the best GB shooter, and also won the warm up event against Western Cape.

Hannah was asked to train with the Welsh squad in September 2011 and transferred from Sporter air rifle to ISSF air rifle, which is an Olympic discipline. In her first major ISSF air rifle event in January she scored 390/400 to win the junior category.

The following month she claimed a bronze medal at the British Open in the junior ladies category, in addition to winning the aggregate competition in her class.

The Unlocking Potential programme - supported by The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust and education charity AQA - will help its 20 young participants run a social action project in their local community - which could be anything from tackling anti-social behaviour to improving recycling opportunities.

Each participant will be supported throughout by their sports mentor and the teacher who nominated them.