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Stormont reception for skeet shooting team

By Michael Bashford

Published 19/01/2010

Minister Nelson McCausland (centre) with Ricky Jermy (High Gun trophy winner), left, and Trevor McDonald (team captain) holding cups which they won in the 2009 Olympic Skeet Home International
Minister Nelson McCausland (centre) with Ricky Jermy (High Gun trophy winner), left, and Trevor McDonald (team captain) holding cups which they won in the 2009 Olympic Skeet Home International

Sports Minister Nelson McCausland has welcomed the Northern Ireland Olympic Skeet Shooting Team at Stormont.

The Minister hosted a reception for the team after its success in last year’s Home International Tournament, where it beat England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Mr McCausland said: “I welcome this opportunity to congratulate the Northern Ireland Olympic Skeet Shooting Team on winning the 2009 Home International Tournament.

“This event has been dominated by England for the past quarter of a century but the Northern Ireland Olympic Skeet Shooting Team won it with acclaim last year, breaking England’s 25 year monopoly on the trophy.”

The competition was held last August, the first time it has taken place in Northern Ireland.

Olympic skeet shooting is the fastest form of clay pigeon shooting.

It is, as the name suggests, the only form of the sport with Olympic Games status.

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