Herefordshire shooting star James Bevis on target for success at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain (From Hereford Times)
Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting HT NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Herefordshire shooting star James Bevis on target for success at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain
11:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Sport
SHOOTING star James Bevis believes his passion for fishing and the sea will keep him on target for European success.
The London 2012 bronze medallist is competing in three disciplines later this month at the IPC Shooting European Championships in Alicante, Spain.
It will be Bevis’ biggest competition since the Paralympics and act as preparation for the World Championships in Germany in July 2014.
He is also making his debut in the 50-metre outdoor prone shooting discipline.
“I was struggling with my form for a bit after London,” said Herefordshire lad Bevis, who has moved back to Teignmouth, Devon, with girlfriend Sarah Graham.
“I did some competitions — and I didn’t do as well as I had expected. I later discovered that my gun was damaged.
“My confidence dropped a bit because of the results which not down to me — but due to the damaged gun.
“I’ve been through a bit of a tough patch but I have done well in the Great Britain selection shoots and I am shooting well again.”
Bevis, who is originally from Herefordshire, returned to live in the county, from Teignmouth, after his success at London 2012.
But Bevis and his girlfriend Sarah missed the ‘slower life’ in Devon and they moved back to Teignmouth in August after nine months in Herefordshire.
“We can now see the sea from our windows and, when we were in Thruxton, we realised that we had been spoilt living by the sea,” he said.
“The sea is nice and relaxing and it’s great to walk on the beach, and go fishing.
“It’s a slower way of life in Devon and it’s nice to be back. We missed the sea more than anything else.”
James achieved a bronze medal at London 2012 in the mixed R5 10m air rifle prone SH2.
He was narrowly beaten in a sudden-death shoot-out for the silver medal by France’s Raphael Voltz.
In the European Championships in Spain, Bevis will be competing in the R5 10m air rifle prone SH2 and the R4 10m air rifle standing disciplines.
He will also be making his competition debut in the R9 2.2 50-metre outdoor prone shooting event.
“I have got a new gun — the best gun in the world for target shooting,” he said. “I have gained much confidence with the new gun.
“It is the first time that I will be competing in the outdoor prone — and the Europeans is a great place to start. I will give it my best shot.”
He is leaving for Spain on October 18, with the competition taking place between October 20 to 25.
Earlier this year, Bevis clinched a gold and bronze medal at the Disability Target Shooting Great Britain (DTSGB) National Championships.
He was fourth, using a damaged gun, at the IPC Shooting World Cup in Poland.
And the shooter has just returned from a Great Britain fixture in Thailand where he secured a third spot in the falling plates discipline.
Bevis added: “I could not imagine doing any else for a job. I am a full-time shooter and my training is going very well.”
Comments are closed on this article.