Damien Fagan takes home the Gold at this years GB Junior International competition.

Fresh back from competition at the 49th ISSF World Shooting Championship, where Damien along with Susan & Paula Cunningham, Elizabeth O'Hagan and Leslie Fagan had been representing Ireland, the same team of Irish juniors was again selected to represent Ireland at the GB Junior International held in Bisley Camp UK along with Team Manager Liam Crawford and Team Coach Barry Dagger.

Tuesday 8th August.

Damien competed today in the Junior Men's Air rifle, this match is a 60 shot match with a total time of 1 hour 45 minutes.

Damien was to score a 572 which qualified him for 8th place in the final.

During the final, which consists of 10 shots fired individually with a time of 75seconds for each shot, Damien scored 99.3 which meant he held his 8th place.

So a top 8 place on the first day of competition for Ireland.

Wednesday 9th August.

Today it was the turn of the Junior Women.

Ireland had a team of Susan & Paula Cunningham and Elizabeth O'Hagan competing in the Junior Women's Air rifle.

This match is a 40 shot match with a total time allowed of 1hour 15minutes.

Susan was to be the top placed Irish competitor with a score of 382 just missing out on qualifying for the final and finishing in 9th place.

Her sister Paula was to finish in 18th place with a score of 373.

Elizabeth finished in 24th.

The Irish team was to finish in 6th place overall.

Thursday 10th August.

Today was the Grand Prix matches in both Junior Men's and Junior Women's Air rifle.

First Match was the Junior Men's air rifle, with Damien carrying the Irish hopes.

Today Damien was to score a 574 an improvement on his first days competition and giving him a 1st place finish overall, there being no final in Grand Prix Matches.

Two hours later it was the turn of the Irish Junior women's team.

Susan scored 379 a little down on the previous days score, but giving her a 5th place finish was an improvement of 4 places on yesterdays finish.

Elizabeth was to finish in 9th place today with a score of 361 which was a good improvement on her first days match.

Paula today finished 10th with a score of 361, while the score was down on yesterdays she finished higher up the leader board.

The NTSA would like to congratulate the team for all their work both at home in training and Internationally for representing Ireland and being good ambassadors for the Sport in Ireland.

Finally Congratulations to Damien on his fine achievement on winning the Gold Medal, may he continue to improve his scores and may this medal be the first of many.

Patrick O'Brien

NTSA Team Manager.