Preview: Gabala World Cup

British Shooting’s athletes have been travelling to Azerbaijan over the last few days as they prepare for the start of the Gabala 2015 World Cup.

The competition starts on the 8th August features events in all international target shooting disciplines including Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol.

The first events will be in skeet with the women’s final on Saturday 8th and the men’s on Sunday 9th August. Young skeet shooter Amber Hill will be hoping for a similar performance to the when she last competed in Azerbaijan, which was of course when she won gold at the European Games earlier this year.

The final day of competition in Gabala will be Saturday 15th August with the finals of the men’s Trap.

Abbey Ling who competes in the Olympic Trap discipline is looking forward to competing on the international circuit and visiting Azerbaijan once again.

Talking about her preparations for the Gabala World Cup, she said: “I’ve been training technically by doing video analysis and doing a little bit of pressure training down at the shooting range on our farm.”

The four-time British Ladies Champion also talked about her goals, and added: “My main focus at the moment is the next two World Cups (Gabala and Lonato) because you’ve got quota places available for Rio Olympics.”

Team GB won team medals in the men’s double trap and women’s skeet in Maribor last month with gold and bronze medals respectively, but with Rio Quota Places up for grabs, they’ll be hoping to go one better and secure individual accolades.

For a full schedule of the Gabala World Cup click here.

The team, separated into rifle and shotgun disciplines, is as follows:

Rifle Team Leader: 

Donald McIntosh

Shotgun Team Leader:

Kevin Gill

Coaches

Per Moen

Richard Stepney

Steve Pengelly

Malcolm Allen

Athletes

Pistol: 

Kristian Callaghan

Victoria Mullin

Rifle:

Dan Rivers

Jonathan Hammond

Ken Parr

Neil Stirton

Seonaid McIntosh

Shotgun:

Aaron Heading

Abbey Ling

Amber Hill

Elena Allen

James Sole

Jeremy Bird

Kirsty Barr

Matt Coward Holley

Mike Gilligan

Nathan Hales

Richard Brickell

Sarah Wixey

Sian Bruce

Steve Scott

Tim Kneale

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