British Shooting announce 2017/18 World Class Programme
British Shooting's performance director Steven Seligmann insists the current crop of athletes to be selected onto the World Class Programme (WCP) underlines the sport's commitment to medalling at future Olympic Games.
A total of 29 shooters were named on the National Lottery-backed scheme, which helps the UK's most talented athletes realise their potential in major competition.
The programme is split into three categories – podium, podium potential and transitioning – which are all individually tailored to help shooters progress towards Olympic standard.
Double trap Rio Olympic bronze medallist Steven Scott and trap bronze medallist Ed Ling have been named in the shotgun podium category, with the pair being joined by fellow Rio Olympian Amber Hill.
Six shooters make up the podium potential category, which is headlined by sisters and reigning European champions Seonaid and Jennifer McIntosh along with Commonwealth gold medallist Aaron Heading.
Seligmann vowed the WCP would be committed in supporting athletes in their aim of producing consistent results at future Olympics in a positive era for British Shooting.
"This is an exciting group of athletes and we are looking forward to supporting them and seeing how they progress," said Seligmann.
"We have seen a notable increase in the level of performance and talent aiming to gain a place on the WCP, which is testament to the hard work that is going on in the WCP and the respective home nation talent pathways."
Feeding into the Podium and Podium Potential level athletes is the GB Academy Programme, reserved for shooters who show world class potential, who will also benefit from support ranging from psychology to physiotherapy.
Seligmann also highlighted the longevity of the programme and paid tribute to the National Lottery for its crucial role in funding the WCP.
"Whilst these athletes are focussed on 2020, there is also a longer-term approach taken by the GB Academy Programme to develop athletes for 2024," he said.
"We now move into an important phase of the Tokyo cycle as we prepare for the first quota place event in 2018 at the World Championships.
"We are very grateful to UK Sport and the National Lottery for their ongoing support to our WCP. This resource enables us to provide athletes with the training, competition, sport science and medicine and coaching support that will assist them to fulfil their aspirations and deliver on the world stage." Sportsbeat 2017