Shooting National and and Champs at St Andrew's College

OCTOBER 21, 2016

Ten days ago, five St Andrew’s College shooters took part in the South African Air Rifle Championships which were held in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. Without exception, each athlete produced his best ever scores. In the Olympic event, Nathan Graham has breached the 90% average, a huge step towards reaching selection status for a possible representative team. John Kelly, too, breached the 500 score, closely followed by Alex Gess, just short of that milestone.

Michael Mager and Nathan Graham competed in the 3 Position Precision event, and were part of the East Cape team of four, having been joined by Gabriella Walker (DSG) and Jane’ van Geems (Aliwal North). The team brought home the silver medal, behind Gauteng.

St Andrew’s College Individual Championships

Blessed with fine weather, the Individual Championships got under way on Wednesday morning of Balloon Week. In the Archery section, College has a new Champion. Carel van de Wall beat Grant Price in the final, and was awarded the Jock Hobson Tankard.

In the Air Rifle section, another new Champion emerged. Nathan Graham won the competition, closely followed by John Kelly. Nathan was awarded the WGN Lightfoot Tankard. In the Parents and sons match, Andrew and Michael Mager ran out the winners. The prizes were awarded by Mrs Ann Bryan. The floating trophy for the most Improved Shooter was awarded to John Kelly, and Shooting Towels to Alex Gess and John Kelly. Michael Mager presented a basket of flowers to Mrs Bryan in appreciation.

It was a good championship. My thanks to Tom Cleasby, Adam Griffith-Smith, Jack Torres and Nic Stadler for their assistance.