2013 Progressive-Position Pistol National Championships Concludes with Addition of New National Junior Team Member

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 26, 2013)

USA Shooting’s 2013 Progressive-Position Pistol National Championships have concluded after two days of intense competition and hope is that this dual event showcase will spur the growth of youth pistol shooting for years to come.

Two centers of marksmanship prowess came together to host the first combined USA Shooting National Championship for Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP), July 24-25.  The combined National Championship helped push registration numbers over the 100 athlete mark for the first time in the event’s history.

The Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center and the U.S. Army’s Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Ft. Benning, Ga. hosted the 2013 Progressive- Position Pistol National Championships. The two-site system was put in place in hopes of helping drive registration numbers and make event travel easier and more attainable for kids and families participating.

Highlighting the event was relative newcomer Joshua Yoo (Irvine, Calif.) who joined USA Shooting’s National Junior Team ranks with a strong second-day performance to win the title in the Men’s International Standing Division.  Yoo shot a 363 on Day 1 and was tied for second before reeling off an event-high 371 on the final day to secure 6.9 point margin of victory over Junior Team members Tyler Volkman (Columbia Falls, Mont.)and Robert Wells (Pontotoc, Miss.).

“I haven’t even been shooting for a year yet and I already made it to the junior team,” said an excited Yoo. “I hope that this could be an example for new shooters.  Look at me, I’ve already gotten here and I haven’t been shooting that long either. All it takes is a lot of dedication and a lot of good training time. Put in a lot of practice, know what you’re doing, have a good coach and you’ll make it like I did.”

Josh Yoo gets the trophy and National Junior Team status after winning the Men's International Standing Division of the 2013 PPP National Championships.Yoo shoots out of the Bridge Jr. Shooting Club out of La Puente, Calif.  The club, directed by Assistant National Team Coach In Kim, is a rising power on the international pistol scene with athletes consistently earning National and Junior Olympic medals.  Yoo joins teammate Cindy Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) on the National Junior Team. 

The first two PPP National Championship trophies were donated by Kim.  These trophies will make the PPP Nationals more visible in the trophy display cases in the lobby of the USA Shooting Center.

Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.) is a promising talent among the nation’s best pistol shooters and demonstrated her potential once again in winning the Women’s International Standing Division. Shenk held a six point lead over Helen Oh (Walnut, Calif.) before extending that lead another 7.6 points in the final.

For the complete 2013 PPP National Championship results, click here:

Intended to introduce young athletes to competitive pistol target shooting, the Progressive-Position Pistol Program provides competitive experience and creates an opportunity for youth to begin at an earlier age. As there is no minimum age limit, how early a youth begins depends on their ability to hold and shoot an air pistol as determined by an experienced pistol coach.

With Nationals being held previously in Camp Perry, Ohio, participation among pistol competitors in Western states was sparse. The addition of a Western venue helped spur interest and participation with 44 participants registered to compete at the Colorado Springs Olympic Shooting Center. Combined with the 72 participants registered at the Eastern venue there were 116 competitors, marking this year as the largest PPP Nationals yet.

Youth involvement and development in the pistol discipline is a primary goal of USA Shooting to help create greater participation within the sport and to ultimately increase the quality and depth of our future Olympic pistol athletes.

“PPP is growing and we’re really happy to see it,” said USA Shooting Assistant National Team Pistol Coach Steve Faught.  “It’s a grassroots, developmental program and we’re trying to reach kids at a younger age while teaching safety in competitive shooting.  It seems to be working well. We have a few bugs to work out with the dual venue concept, but we’ll get them worked out. I’m pretty optimistic. I think it’s really going to make a difference.”

USA Shooting would like to thank everyone who made the 2013 PPP National Championships a success including: US Army Marksmanship Unit; USOTC National Training Center Junior Club volunteers; NRA; Chief Range Officers Earl Litherland and Bud Kucera; Statistician Melissa Litherland; National Assistant Coaches Eric Pueppke & Steve Faught; AV Support Sean Bade (USAMU) and Andrew Fetterman (USOC); parents, coaches and athletes who participated in this experimental concurrent, dual venue championships. 

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