Exmouth man sets his sights on World and Euro titles after GB team call-up
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 August 2015
A Brixington man is gearing up to go up against competitors from across the world in target rifle shooting championships.
Ian Chenery, 45, of Churchill Road, has been selected as part of team GB to compete in the 11-day F-class tournament in Canada next year.
The Woodbury Park golf course manager and number three ranked F-class shooter in the national league could enter the competition as European champion.
If he wins the next meet, Ian will be guaranteed the national and continental titles.
He said: “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits – I worked for it and it was my total goal when I started shooting F-class to get into the team.
“It will be my first world championships and I cannot wait to go – it’s going to be brilliant.
“We’ve got a strong team and 18 months to prepare.”
Ian first started shooting rifles when he was just 13 years old, but soon found he wanted a bigger challenge.
F-class rifles are mounted on the ground and competitors are required to hit a target the size of a CD from 1,000 yards away.
Ian has to travel around 150 miles to Bisley, Surrey, to get to the nearest shooting range long enough for F-class rifles.
Ian, who pays around £6,000 a year in costs, is sponsored by several Devon-based firms.
Some of his matches have been funded by Michael Clarke Plumbing, based in Exmouth.