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Marksman James Bevis on target ahead of IPC World Cup
SHOOTER James Bevis says he’s been searching for the perfect catch ahead of this weekend’s IPC World Cup in Aylesbury.
Bevis moved to Teignmouth, near Exeter, in April and has been fishing for mackerel to keep his mind and body relaxed.
This weekend’s international competition will involve around 100 of the world’s best disabled shooters.
It is Bevis’ last major event for Great Britain before the London Paralympics.
“I miss people in Herefordshire but I am settled in Devon now and life is good,” said Bevis, who is living with his girlfriend Sarah.
“I came back to the area to do a walk with Hereford Ramblers.
“I am training everyday with fitness or shooting and I am shooting three or four times a week.
“I live 20 seconds away from the beach which is great for fishing. I have caught loads of mackerel but nothing big yet.
“I train with my friend Adrian who has a big double garage and all the up-to-date shooting equipment.
“I have kept a low profile in Teignmouth — I am going to wait until after London.
“But when the Olympic Torch came down to the town, there was an event about getting kids into sport and I helped out in that.”
Born-and-bred Herefordshire lad Bevis has already sealed his Great Britain place for 2012 — and it will be his second Paralympic Games appearance.
He says he’s indebted to the support from his former boss Bill Horton and Hereford Land Rover.
Bevis spent three years working for Hereford Land Rover before moving to full-time shooting in 2010.
“Hereford Land Rover have sponsored my new gun and have been fantastic to me,” said Bevis.
“I changed the gun at the end of last year and I am trying to get it ready for London.
“I am going to the GB team holding camp in Bath on August 24 and I am shooting at the Paralympics at Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on September 1. I might also be shooting the following day, but that’s to be decided because it would be in the standing discipline and the prone is my strongest.”
The former Kingstone School pupil shot for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and struck gold at the 2011 IPC Australia Shooting World Cup.
“It was the magnitude of the whole thing that struck me four years ago,” he admitted.
“It was very overwhelming. I didn’t really get too excited about Beijing. I didn’t think about it too much but it was a big learning thing.
“I am just going to look forward to it, keep my head down and try my best.”
He collected the 2011 Herefordshire Sport Disabled Sportsperson-of-the- Year award in February.
The shooter came sixth in the World Championships in Croatia in July 2010 and won four gold medals at the National Championships in June 2011.