Bainbridge boy among 22 named to Junior Olympic Shotgun Team

Published 12:54 pm Friday, February 10, 2012

CHRISTOPHER WEBSTER, of Bainbridge, was recently selected as one of 22 members of the U.S. Junior Olympic Shotgun Team.

Special to The Post-Searchlight

Christopher Webster, of Bainbridge, was recently named to the men’s double trap team, on the U.S. Junior Olympic Shotgun Team, according to a press release from USA Shooting.

While the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for shotgun will be decided in the coming months, the future of the program continues to unfold each year with the naming of the Junior Olympic Shotgun Team. This year, 22 shooters were selected for the team, for which they will receive the support, assistance and coaching needed to advance through the ranks of competitive shotgun shooting.

The Junior Olympic program for USA Shooting can often be the beginning of the Olympic journey for many shooters. Tasked with the responsibility to identify the brightest young talent in the sport, USA Shooting is proud to announce the members of the 2012 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team. The Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is the gateway into the USA Shooting Team’s Olympic path. National Shotgun Coach Bret Erickson and the Junior Olympic Shotgun Team committee reviewed more than 80 applications this year — a record number that indicates growth in the shooting sports.

“The talent pool has strengthened over the past year and the competition was steep,” said Erickson, a four-time Olympian. “We’re happy to acknowledge this group of young kids in hopes that they’ll gain the confidence and maturity necessary to be elite-level shooters in our program down the road.”

New to the program is the addition of a men’s double trap category, for which four shooters were selected for the first time ever.

Webster and William Hinton (Dacula, Ga.) come from USA Shooting’s Certified Training Center South George Youth Shooting and Bridge Creek Clays in Hartsfield, Ga. Under the direction of Coach Mike Simpson, Hinton and Webster now comprise half of the Junior Olympic Shotgun Team for men’s double trap. The other team members are Trey Hill (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and Jordan Hintz (Burlington, Wis.).

For more information, visit www.usashooting.org.