Year 9 student, Erin Throgmorton-Appleby, has cemented her position as one of the country’s up-and-coming Target Sprint talents following a recent round of competitions.
Target Sprint is an internationally recognised air rifle discipline that combines running with target shooting. Competitors will run three legs of 400m that are interspersed with shooting knockdown targets of differing sizes, depending on the league.
At the end of March, Erin travelled to Bristol to take part in a competition that saw her coming third overall with a huge personal best of 6 minutes 12 seconds, taking an incredible 2 minutes off her previous best time. Her new time is just 12 seconds off from the GB selection consideration time and was only beaten by current GB squad members. Her incredible performance has seen her qualify for the national competitions in September and she has been asked to attend a masterclass session in Bristol in May, as well as travelling to Germany later on in the year to gain international experience.
In May, Erin followed her success with two competitions in Exeter, taking part in the National Series and Super League events (using smaller targets). Her fourth position in the challenging Super League saw her once again only coming behind those in the current GB team. In the National Series competition event, Erin left the competition standing and landed an incredible first place.
It has been an exciting time for the fourteen year old: “I am really happy to be progressing in the sport. I am hoping to qualify for the GB team in the near future and see how far I can go. Target Sprint is a relatively new sport; I would say to anyone wanting to try something new, just do it. You never know where it is going to take you.”
Teacher of Physical Education, Charlotte Tonge, said of Erin’s success: “We could not be prouder of Erin and her amazing achievements. The fact that she has been involved in Target Sprint for less than a year and has come this far is testament to what an incredibly talented multi-disciplined young sportswoman she is. We wish her all the best in the future; she is definitely going places.”