Year 10 Newton Abbot College Target Sprint star, Erin Throgmorton-Appleby, continued her meteoric rise in the sport in a series of recent national championships.
In August, Erin attended her first international Target Sprint competition, the Air Arms Cup, at the British Shooting Sedgemoor Regional Centre in Yate, Gloucester. Competing in a host of categories, Erin recorded some of her best results to date. In the mixed open event, Erin and her partner competed against four world champions and four world record holders and, despite being the youngest pairing, only narrowly missed the final. In the women’s team event, Erin was, once again, one of the youngest competitors in her group. Despite this, her and her two teammates delivered an outstanding performance and finished just outside the medals in fourth position. In the girls’ youth category, Erin narrowly missed the top spot, finishing in an incredible silver medal position.
Following on from her success, Erin competed in the British Championships in September; a first for her. An impressive heat time and a new personal best saw her qualify for the finals. The finals were hotly contested, but Erin managed to finish in seventh place with a new personal best and in a GB team qualifying time.
The National Finals followed the next day, seeing Erin competing in the youth category of fifteen years and under. Solid heat times and yet another personal best in the final saw her finishing the event with a silver medal position. Her incredible results and natural talent has secured herself a place on the sports Elite Squad, training monthly with a team of GB coaches.
Chantal Greep, member of PE staff at Newton Abbot College, said: “Erin is an inspirational young lady; she has developed into a very talented sports woman and we are extremely proud of her recent achievements. She is a credit to herself and Newton Abbot College and has proven, with hard work and determination, just how quickly you can make it to the top. She is a role model to younger aspiring students and with her ‘can do’ attitude we are sure she will continue with her success. We wish Erin the very best of luck for her upcoming competitions.”