Sponsored Shooters

At Southdown, we are dedicated to nurturing the skills and development of shooters of all ages, and through our sponsorship programme, we have helped to encourage and support a number of shooters over the years. Find out more about our current sponsored shooters.

Guy Franklin – Senior

How did you get into shooting?

I started shooting at the age of 5 on the family dairy farm. By the time I was 11, I started shooting a mixture of disciplines competitively for the county of Sussex. At 14 I decided to concentrate on the discipline of Olympic skeet and by the time I was 15 had earned a place in the British junior team and went on to compete in 5 European championships (winning a bronze in Kazan) and 4 World Championships. At the age of 17 I won the British Olympic Skeet championships outright, becoming the youngest person ever to win the senior title. After this I had 2 seasons shooting in the senior GBR team travelling to several world cups and narrowly missing out on a place for London 2012.

What memorable events have you had so far? 

Some of my biggest achievements have probably been becoming South East region intercounties sporting champion, RBSS Flush finalist eventually finishing in 3rd place, Clay Shooting Classic Sportrap bronze medallist, English Open Sportrap Silver medallist, UK Fitasc championship Silver medallist, British Masters Fitasc Bronze medallist and CPSA Champion of Champions 2019. I’ve also competed for the GBR FITASC team at the World Championships for the second consecutive year and was selected for the England Sporting team for the first time to represent the country at the World English Sporting Championships held in Chicago, where we won a team silver medal.

What is your favourite discipline? 

At the end of the 2012 season, due to working full time I could no longer dedicate the time needed to shoot Olympic skeet at the very highest standard and so made the decision to switch to English Sporting only.I am now 28 and really enjoy working hard improving my game and chasing major titles.

 

Read about Guy’s fantastic year here.

Sammy Halsey – Senior

How did you get into shooting?

I started shooting about 3 years ago now, completely by fluke really. All of the men in my family shoot, and it had just been something none of the girls had tried. So I was always just the button pusher for them until one day they offered me a go!

I was utterly rubbish and as you can imagine, with family banter, I was the amusement for a few weeks! So I decided to sneak off & have some lessons. I didn’t realise at the time what I was letting myself into but I’ve found a sport I absolutely love and now I can beat them all (except my step dad) regularly!

What memorable events have you had so far? 

I’ve done a lot of events in a very short space of time! But my favourite by far is competing at the Worlds in Ireland this year. The atmosphere was amazing, the venue was spectacular and the company was even better, so I had a brilliant time!

What is your favourite discipline? 

I’ve tried a few now, and although FITASC isn’t my main competing event I would say it’s my favourite as it’s much more interesting and certainly more testing with the discipline that comes with it.

Ronnie Green – Junior

How did you get into shooting?

I first got into shooting after asking for a lesson for Christmas when I was eleven years old…I’ve been hooked ever since!

What memorable events have you had so far? 

A definite memorable moment for me so far would be shooting the European championship in Cyprus as part of the GB team.  I have very recently been selected to shoot for the team again in Hungary to compete in the Compak World Championships, which is a real honour.

What is your favourite discipline? 

My favourite disciplines at the moment would be Compak and Sportrap. Although I do enjoy other disciplines as well, I am trying to focus on Compak, as it’s the one I enjoy the most.

Read more about Ronnie here.

Will Fenner – Junior

How did you get into shooting?

I got into shooting simply through growing up around it – I’ve been beating on game shoots since I was 5 or 6 and I started shooting clays aged 11. Within a couple of years I was shooting big competitions, so it probably became more serious for me aged 13.

What memorable events have you had so far?

The most memorable event so far has to be the European Championships in Hungary, I was fortunate enough to be part of a great junior team where we achieved a Team Gold medal and I took individual Junior Silver. The people on the trip, along with the quality of ground and targets made it really quite special.

What is your favourite discipline? 

I have always loved Sporting, but I think this year I have been swayed more towards the FITASC discipline, mainly because of my experience in Hungary!

Read more about Will’s recent successes here.