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13 year old shooting star

13 year Dominic Cooper, from Stockton Brook, near Stoke-on-Trent, recently turned his hand to shooting at a Game Fair and has never looked back! Having taken a few lessons at Doveridge Clay Sports Club, he has stormed to success, winning the Staffs CPSE best newcomer, the Oxford Schools Challenge and finishing second in the Oxford Individuals. 

Dominic said: "I was looking for something else to get into because I used to play rugby a lot. I had a go at clay pigeon shooting at one of the fairs we were at and found that I was quite good at it.

"I wanted to learn a bit more about it and saw that there was a school in Uttoxeter so I started going there every week.

"It is not a sport that people very often think about so I go to the classes on my own. I do have a few mates who do a bit of shooting but it's a little different to the kind I do."

The Endon High School pupil added: "That is what I like about it really, it is so different."

The teenager added: "One of the reasons I do so well in my category is because it is divided up into ages and when I progress I want to do just as well so I want to try to improve and advance my skills while I can."

And to mark his achievements in the sport, Dominic's dad, Steve, has nominated him for The Sentinel's Our Heroes Awards, in the Bright Young Thing Category.

The 61-year-old headteacher said: "When he first had a go at shooting I was very impressed with him. I had been interested in it for a while but I had never been very good. Dominic is much better than me.

"He does really well in the under 14's category and has won a lot of awards on a regional level over the past two years.

"I just want to make sure he doesn't waste his talent, so I encourage him to take part in something he is passionate about.

Dominic is now set to train with the Olympic coaches in Matlock.

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