Ashburton Shield winners… again!


The Shooting Team returned to Bisley at the start of the summer holidays to compete once again for the highly coveted Ashburton Shield, the premier national inter-school shooting event in the UK. Wellington’s 22-strong shooting squad is one of very few which is truly co-educational and completely inclusive, with boys and girls from Third Form right through to the Upper Sixth competing on the same team. In a tense competition where the standard was, at times, staggering the Wellington team eventually came through to win the prestigious Trophy for the fourth time in six years — managing to keep their nerve to win by only a single point. Even more amazingly, the team completed the grand slam of the top shooting competitions this year by winning the Reserve, the Schools Pairs, the Cadet Pairs and the Cadet fours. This is certainly the first time this has been achieved by a Wellington shooting team: we think this is a unique achievement in the history of UK cadet shooting.

On an individual basis, Ed Atkins (R) came 3rd out of nearly 800 competitors in the Imperial Competition. Jemima Hince (C), Jonathan Lei (T), George Oakland (S) and Ed Atkins (R), Jason Pepera-Hibbert (Bl) and Tom Orpen-Smellie (S) were all selected for Inter-Services teams. George Oakland (S) and James Hollingdale (M) went to the Channel Islands with The UK Cadet Rifle Team and Tom Orpen-Smellie (S) and Jason Pepera-Hibbert (Bl) toured Canada with the Athelings — the British Cadet Rifle Team. With such individual and team success, there can be no doubt that Wellington remains the number one shooting school in the UK.



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