Will Fenner seems to be the one to watch these days, regularly winning not just his Junior category at competitions, but often holding his own amongst the Seniors too. He scored a massive 98 last month in the SE of England Championship and then a mere two weeks later, shot a 99 in the 100 reg. Compak, so it’s clear to see that his shooting is first class, despite his young age.
Will has grown up around shooting, so it seemed natural for him to get involved in the sport. “I’ve been beating on game shoots since I was 5 or 6 and I started shooting clays aged 11,” Will says, so it’s no surprise he was shooting big competitions by the young age of 13. Growing up around the world of shooting with his father as a gamekeeper, his dad and uncles were always shooting competitions. It meant shooting has always been “in his blood” and always something he has strived to succeed in.
He’s always been a fan of Sporting, but recently has been shooting more and more FITASC, partly due to his recent experience at the European FITASC Championships in Hungary.
Selected as part of the Great Britain team, Will says it has to be his “proudest moment in shooting so far,” not to mention one of the most memorable. “I was fortunate enough to be part of the Great Britain Junior team,” says Will, “where we achieved a team Gold medal and I took individual Junior Silver too.” He added, “the people on the trip, along with the quality of ground and targets made it really quite special!”
Alongside his success in Hungary, he has recently shot in Compak, Sportrap and Sporting – and it seems his skill transfers throughout the disciplines. “My scores in those respectively were 99,98 and 97,” says Will. The 97 he achieved in Sporting was at the recent Sussex Championship as well as his Grandad’s memorial shoot (John Fenner, a fantastic Sussex shooter and local referee). It meant so much to him, and was a notable achievement to win overall High Gun in both.
Will’s last big shoot of the year has just passed – the British Open English Sporting at High Lodge in Suffolk. As for what the future holds for Will…”I would like to continue along the same path, but hopefully shoot a few more competitions abroad, whether it be shooting for my country or going out on my own. However, this would require me to gain some more sponsorship because I simply cannot afford to do as much as I would like!” With his shooting trajectory looking as it does so far, we’ve no doubt there’ll be plenty more championships, wins and trophies ahead.