A clay pigeon shooter from Bildeston has an England junior call-up in his sights after masterminding a meteoric rise in the sport.
Aaron Harvey only began competing regularly two years ago, but already the 17-year-old is ranked as the sixth best junior (16-21 years) in the world after shooting a personal best of 93 out of 100 in the World English Sporting contest in April .
And fresh from his first Suffolk senior title this month — Suffolk automatic ball trap (ABT) — he is dreaming of making his mark on the international scene with a call-up to next year’s England squad to compete in South Africa and Florida.
The former Hadleigh High School pupil will need to overturn a two-clay deficit on a rival at the British Open at Garlands Shooting Ground in Tamworth, Staffordshire, from August to guarantee his place.
And he is feeling confident following his senior ABT success at the Cambridge Gun Club on July 19.
“I am going off on a bit of a high and hopefully I can come off with a win,” he said. “There are still nerves at the back of your mind thinking about what can happen but you have got to relax your mind in shooting.”
Harvey, who trains at the Philip Thorrold Shooting Academy in Thelnetham between Thetford and Diss, has already won four county junior titles this season and is looking to add another two.
He already has the skeet junior champion, double rise junior champion, sporting champion and all-round junior champion titles to his name and hopes to add the FITASC and down the line competitions to take the ultimate junior champion crown.
But his biggest achievement to date remains the most recent, after out-shooting the seniors at the Suffolk ABT.
“It is a massive achievement to win,” said Harvey, who has gone from unclassified two years ago to class AA. “When I was shooting at the end the adrenalin was pumping and when I got the last clay I was really chuffed.”
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