A SHARP-SHOOTING teenager from West Chiltington has spoken of his delight at earning his first call-up to the GB shooting squad.
At just 15 years old Dan Tarrant, who has been shooting from the age of ten, will be one of the youngster members of the squad to fly to Suhl, Germany for the European Championships next month.
“I’ve been waiting a long, long time for this, for the last two years I’ve been hoping to make the squad but it’s been worth all the hard work,” said the talented teenager, who specialises in Olympic Trap.
“It’s been a long process but I’m very happy to be chosen to shoot for the GB team at the European Championships.”
The Seaford College student achieved Class A status while still only 11 years old and such has been his rapid rise in the sport he is now ranked fifth in the country for Trap despite the fact that he will still be classed a junior for another six years. And after the Euros he will then be targeting a place at the forthcoming World Championships.
Dan is dyslexic, and while he takes every success in his stride he is in no doubt that his learning disability has made him even more determined to fulfil his dreams. “I wasn’t very good when I first started shooting, it’s not easy and I was told I had poor hand eye coordination,” he admitted. “I wasn’t interested in sport at all, but I practised hard and gradually got better.
“People with dyslexia shouldn’t be despondent, it makes it harder to do things but also much more satisfying when you achieve what you set out to achieve. But I know easily slip away if I am not completely dedicated.”
The determined teenager, who also cycles as a hobby, even has an outside shot at appearing in this summer’s Olympic Games. “It’s very hard to say because at the moment only a very small number have been selected. There’s a chance, nothing’s impossible, but I’m more focused on the events coming up first,” he said.
Dan has thanked his coach Dan Kerwood, his parents and his school for their continued support in his journey.