Shotgun Shooters Descend Upon Colorado’s Front Range as Road to 2016 Begins

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (September 13, 2012)

Jaiden GrinnellAs autumn descends upon the Rocky Mountains, so too will the nation’s up-and-coming shotgun shooters in a camp designed to get them ready for the upcoming Fall Selection event. 

Twenty-five athletes will participate in the three-day camp that will include an intense shooting schedule and observation by some of the nation’s best coaches.  Athletes are rapidly preparing for USA Shooting’s upcoming Fall Selection match for Shotgun, October 4-14 in Kerrville, Texas, which will help determine the athletes for the 2013 World Clay Target Championships, Sept. 14-23 in Lima, Peru.

Those participating include five 2012-13 USA Shooting National Team members including current National Champions Jaiden Grinnell (skeet/Port Angeles, Wash.) and Rachael Heiden (trap/Clinton, Mich.).  Other National Team members participating will be Amber English (skeet/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Janessa Beaman (trap/Colorado Springs, Colo.) and BJ Blanchard (Vidor, Texas).

Trap shooters and National Development Team members John Mullins (Port Orchard, Wash.) and Collin Wietfeldt (Hemlock, Mich.) will also take part in the preparation camp.

In addition, 16 of the 22 current National Junior Team members have been included in the weekend camp highlighted by 2012 Junior Olympic Champions Phillip Jungman (skeet/Caldwell, Texas), Will Hinton (trap/Dacula, Ga.) and Ian Rupert (double trap/Muncy, Pa.).

Coaches overseeing the camp include four-time Olympian and 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Todd Graves, 1992 Olympian Jay Waldron and Mark McClure, head coach of the University of Arizona.

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