Ireland’s Olympic Trap Shooter Derek Burnett won a Bronze medal at the 2013 European Championships
in Suhl Germany, earlier this month, after qualifying on joint 3rd with a score of 122/125 +9+13/15+12/15.
The Gold Medal was won by the Croatian Josip Glasnovic with a score of 124/125 + 14/15 +14/15 and the Silver Medal was won by the Italian London 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Massimo Fabbrizi with a score of 122/125+14/15+10/15.
In this event Wayne Byrne placed 56 with a score of 115/125 and Philip Murphy placed 71 with a score of 109/125. Newcomer and junior shooter Ian O’Sullivan placed a great 12th position in the Junior trap category with a score of 117/125. Aoife Gormally placed 31 with a score of 64/75 in the women’s trap category.
Earlier this Summer, 4 time Olympian Derek Burnett from County Longford finished tied 10th in the Men’s Trap event at the ISSF World Cup, Nicosia, Cyprus, with a score of 119 out of 125 targets.
Shooting sports have a long history in Ireland and the Olympic shooting sports have a range of clubs throughout Ireland specialising in either the Rifle/Pistol or Clay Target events.
Internationally, the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) is the world governing body for the Olympic Shooting Sports.
In Ireland, the National Target Shooting Association represents the rifle and pistol disciplines whilst the Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association represents the clay target events. Both associations are active members of the ISSF and regularly hold coaching and introductory days for beginners.