Shooting selectors were off target’
PUBLISHED: 17:41 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010
A FORMER Great Britain shooting champion claims the country s THREE best shooters were not sent to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
A FORMER Great Britain shooting champion claims the country's THREE best shooters were not sent to the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Now Gordon Lee, 61, manager of Dartford Clay Shooting Club, Joyce Green Lane, Dartford, is demanding a change to the selection process.
Although Team GB is having one of their most successful ever Olympics they have failed to win a single medal in any of the 15 shooting categories.
Mr Lee said: "We have an unrivalled shooting history in this country. For the last 25 years we have been the best in the world, yet we can't win a single medal in these Games.
"To overturn this for 2012 we must go back to the old selection process. It is quite simple, the top three shooters in Great Britain must go to the Games and this has not happened in Beijing.
"Shooting is about experience and practice. Look at the winners, many of them are in their 30s and 40s.
"None of the top three in this country, who excelled in the selection shoots, were sent. Instead we opt for youth, believing they must be sent so they get better for the future games. It is ridiculous!"
Mr Lee has been shooting for more than 40 years and represented Great Britain in Universal Trench shooting and England in two disciplines, ABT (Automatic Ball Trap) and English Skeet. He revealed Ed Ling, 26, who has 15 years of experience, Nigel Caves, 43, the country's best shooter and Bradley Davis, 21, another top Brit, were overlooked. In January this year, the Times revealed ambitious plans by Peter Duffield, owner of the club, to bring the 2012 shooting events to Dartford.
Since then almost 11,000 people have signed a petition calling for them to be changed from the current venue at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich.
Mr Duffield, who owns the 180-acre venue, also has the backing of the national body British Shooting, who want a 'lasting legacy' created.
Team GB is enjoying one of their most successful campaigns with their haul totalling 16 golds, nine silvers and eight bronze medals.