Shrewsbury School

Strong performances at the prestigious Ashburton Shield Competition

Sunday 12 August 2018

For only the second time in the School’s recent history, the Shrewsbury School Shooting Team took part in the premier national inter-school shooting competition, the Ashburton Shield, held at Bisley in July. 

The team consisted of Jake Ludlum, Jonjo Wood, Oli Taylor, George Bramwell, Arthur Bramwell, Tom Jackson, Luke Russell and Cosmo Waddell and they were led by Hattie Bramwell, Head of School for 2017/18, who has been a member of the GB U19 Rifle Team since the age of 16. 

The Shrewsbury team performed extremely well, finishing in 18th place overall – a particularly commendable achievement given the fact that a number of them had never shot a full-bore rifle before.  

The Ashburton Shield has been in existence since 1896 and is one of the oldest competitions in the country. It originally took place on Wimbledon Common but subsequently moved to Bisley Common, the home of the National Rifle Association. 

The competition takes place over four long days of full-bore shooting at distances of 300m, 500m and 600m. The first three days are largely practice, although there are some minor competitions, with the main competition on the fourth day. 

That final day of competition is all student-led. The students have to coach each other and manage the condition of their own rifles and ammunition and score for other schools. 

By the end of the day, the students were exhausted – although it didn't stop the Bramwells and Oli Taylor from staying on to take part in further individual competitions.

Tom Corbett
Teacher in Charge of Shooting



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