SKEET SHOOTING: Success for Princethorpe College student

Luke Daniel
Luke Daniel

Sharp shooting pays off with European Championship silvers for Luke

Inspired by watching London 2012 14-year-old Princethorpe College pupil Luke Daniel and dad, Simon, took a trip to their local shooting club, Cosford Shooting Ground, with the aim of enjoying a recreational hobby together. Two years later - and with an average score of 89% - Daniel has his eye on the target of possible England selection.

This demanding and technical sport mimics the action of bird shooting with Skeet competitors firing at clay targets that are mechanically flung from different angles. Described by Luke as a ‘mind game’ it challenges the individual’s concentration and reflexes to the highest degree.

Firing on the back of an excellent 2015 season, the American Skeet specialist already holds the title of County Colt Champion, Junior Iron Man Champion and the British Skeet Shooting Association’s Rookie Champion. Competitions at this level often take place over two or three days with competitors firing up to 500 shots in a series of rounds.

“There are 100 clays in each round,” explained Luke. “And the aim is quite simply to hit as many targets as you can in a given time period. It’s draining but equally rewarding.”

Most recently taking part in the European Skeet Championships held in Dartford, Luke succeeded in achieving a fine number of second places at Junior level in the various technical gauge categories.

As this season comes to close it’s time for father and son to take stock of this promising young Skeet Shooter’s plans.

Luke is animated about his future in the sport, recognising the need for further practice if he is to be seriously considered for future England selection. “I’m going to have to work hard on improving my registered average. Like in golf your average enables you to shoot in different categories often against older players. If I can maintain this then I’m pretty optimistic that this goal can be achieved.”

Dad Simon, however, recognises that he has been beaten fair and square by the skill of his son. “Yes, I’d be lying if I didn’t say it bothered me, but ultimately I’m so proud of how far he has come,” he added.