Auchterarder Community School pupil, Marcus Nicol, Aged 13, is producing some great scores around the Clay Pigeon Shooting circuit. Marcus started shooting on his 12th birthday, so has only been shooting for just under 2 years. His interest was encouraged by his dad, Ken Nicol, who is a qualified APSI Instructor. Marcus first took up the sport at County Clays, Dunkeld, and Clark Taylor, Proprietor, continues to be of great support.
His dad, Ken Nicol said, “It was clear from his first few attempts at clay pigeon shooting that Marcus had a keen eye and a natural ability to understand shooting concepts and disciplines”.
However, in the past few months, he has turned to shooting National Skeet. In a short period of time his scores have continually risen. A few weekends ago saw him shoot his best ever score at Kippen Gun Club – where he is a member – with the result he has been moved from Competitive C Class to B Class in a period of 8 weeks. He shot 95/100 in 2 rounds of 50 – a 21 & 24 and then 2 straight 25s. Marcus has been inspired by and has appreciated the great encouragement he has been given my Max Jeffries of Kippen Gun Club, who represents Britain in the Double Trap discipline.
Ken said. “There were claps and cheers as he came off the shooting ground as he outshot most of the adults there, the top score being a 98!
He then went on to win the Junior Cup and was in the team who picked up the 40 Bird Flush Cup at the Strathendrick RFC Charity Shoot. He then followed this by winning the BASC Junior Sporting Shoot at County Clays, Dunkeld, and came 4th equal in the Sporting Challenge at the BASC Scottish Game Fair the first weekend in July. Even on holiday this past couple of weeks has seen him come second in the only national Sporting Championship in Bulgaria!
His desire to improve and succeed is evident in his attitude. Even when he does not perform as well as he wishes, he stays calm and does not show any frustration or temper. He is a slightly built teenager but his consistent and continual progress over the year has been inspirational.
His hard work and dedication has paid off and Marcus got news a couple of weeks ago whilst on holiday that he had been selected to shoot for Scotland in the Home International on the 21st/22nd August at the Mid Wales Shooting Centre in Trefeglwys,
Marcus said. “This is a great honour and fantastic achievement in such a short space of time shooting in this discipline. It involves two days practice and then 2 day’s competition which is very intense, and will be my first experience of national competition. I am really looking forward to it.”
When asked about the future, Marcus said “My desire is to continually improve in order to reach the top competitively; I would like to make shooting my career and continue to be a great ambassador for the sport and to encourage young shooters like myself. I know I have some way to go but I have found a sport that I love and will continue to dedicate the time required to achieve my goal”.
This weekend saw him pick up the Juniors Cup at the Scottish Captain’s Shoot held at the Scottish Clay Pigeon Shooting Centre at Leuchars, shooting an impressive 93.
Marcus’s dad, Ken Nicol said, “We are hugely grateful for the sponsorship we have received from Trevor Brister of Trev’s House of Tattoos in Perth and also to Alan Harris of Alpa Joiners in Denny, as shooting is such an expensive sport. We are also in the process of approaching cartridge companies for further sponsorship as to compete at this level Marcus requires a lot of practice, firing around 1500 cartridges a month. If anyone reading this article can assist Marcus, he would be delighted to be contacted via the publication.