Hot-shots’ medal success

Danielle Blinco, Hannah Davies-Jones and David Voorheis.
Danielle Blinco, Hannah Davies-Jones and David Voorheis.

THREE members of the 17th Buxton Scout Airgun Club have returned from international duty with a remarkable haul of medals.

Danielle Blinco, Hannah Davies-Jones and David Voorheis, who are also active members of the GB Junior Rifle Squad, were in action at the UK Junior International Shooting Match at Bisley in Surrey.

And between them, the Buxton trio brought home ten gold medals, one silver and two bronze, along with two British records and the British Championship title.

Blinco, who shoots an ISSF precision air rifle, was the first in action on the opening day of competition, shooting three position air rifle and scoring 559/600 to qualify seventh for the final, where she managed to make up one place to finish sixth overall.

Day two saw sporter class competitors Davies-Jones and Voorheis in sporter air rifle standing action, with the former scoring 363/400 in qualification and breaking the British record. Voorheis finished with a score of 324, narrowly missing the final by one point. In the final, Davies-Jones secured both the individual and team gold medals.

All three Buxton competitors were in action on day three, Blinco in air rifle standing and Voorheis and Davies-Jones in sporter air rifle three position. Blinco scored 364/400 in her class, missing out on the final but helping to win a bronze team medal.

Davies-Jones was again the pick of the field, shooting 548/600 in qualifying to top the standings, while Voorheis shot 510/600 but narrowly missed out on a final spot. In the final, Davies-Jones secured more gold medals in the individual and team competitions, while Voorheis’ score was enough for him to help his team to the gold medal.

The fourth day of competition featured Grand Prix events. Blinco shot 368/400 on her way to a bronze medal. Davies-Jones scored 353/400 to win by six points – completing a clean sweep of gold medals in the sporter class - while Voorheis shot 328 to finish in a commendable sixth place.

The Buxton trio also featured in the British 3P Air Rifle Championships. Blinco shot in the precision class and scored 568/600, enough for sixth place but missing out on the final by one point.

In the sporter class, Davies-Jones shot a new British record of 560/600 to take a dominant lead into the final, while Voorheis fired a new personal best of 529/600 to qualify in second place for the final.

Davies-Jones won the open competition and was crowned British Champion for the second year running, while Voorheis finished with a silver medal. Davies-Jones and Voorheis also collected a gold medal for the best under-17 and under-15 competitors respectively.