George Digweed was thrilled to take part in the Sporting Challenge segment of The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2 this week. The feature sees Chris and his sports reporter Jonny Saunders participate in a different sporting activity each week, with an expert in the field on hand to train them up.
The pair have already taken on tennis, golf, darts and ice hockey, and for the fifth challenge George and Commonwealth gold target rifle winner Parag Patel welcomed them to the National Shooting Centre in Bisley.
George explains: "It was a dual day between clay pigeon shooting and rifle shooting. I was in charge of the clay shooting and Parag was in charge of the rifle shooting. So they turned up and we had some clay practice and then a competition, and then they shot a bit of rifle practice and then a rifle competition."
Neither Chris nor Jonny had much shooting experience before the challenge, but George says they took to the sport well, despite a difficult layout.
"The targets the National Shooting Centre put on were not really conducive to people that hadn’t shot before. So on some targets they didn’t shoot as well as they could have done because they hadn’t really got an awareness of what they were doing, which was slightly unfortunate. But they thoroughly enjoyed it and I think they want to have another go.
"They’re certainly both good enough to be able to take it further and take it on as a sport without any shadow of a doubt."
Jonny just edged the competition on this occasion, claiming the win after initially struggling to compete with an on-form Chris.
"Chris started better. He’s got very good hand-eye co-ordination and knows what he’s doing," says George. "But he switched off and then all of a sudden Jonny started hitting one or two and there was a bit of a problem for Chris. He hadn’t done enough to be able to recover from that situation, so Jonny won."
And he was rewarded with a very special prize: one of George’s World Championship medals.
"I donated one of my medals to the winner because I felt that the more they talk about the sport, the more publicity it’s going to have. So I’ve done it for the benefit of the sport."
If you want to follow in Chris and Jonny’s footsteps and try shooting for yourself, it couldn’t be easier.
The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) is the national governing body for clay target shooting in England and they provide an invaluable source of information. To find out more details about shooting and the CPSA, visit Georges website www.georgedigweed.com.
"There’s plenty of opportunities for shooters," George adds. "The CPSA are there to try and help promote the sport. They know where all your local clubs are, how to get into it, how to get involved in it. And I don’t see why people couldn’t get in and have a really good time."
To see photos of George’s day with Chris and Jonny, check out his Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/georgedigweed.
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