Fifteen junior shotgun team athletes from USA Shooting will get the chance to compete at the 2013 World Clay Target Championships in Lima, Peru, this September as a result of a grant provided by the Dallas Safari Club (DSC).
The latest in a long-line of vital support and contribution provided by DSC, the grant will aid USA Shooting in getting the world’s strongest shotgun program to participate at full strength with an open and junior team capable of a heavy medal haul in men’s and women’s skeet and trap as well as men’s double trap.
This year’s World Clay Target Championship team was recently selected during the 2013 Spring Selection Match, May 10-20 in Ft. Benning, Ga. For a recap of the event and for a list of upcoming World Cup and World Championship team members, click here: http://bit.ly/13GD0It
This year’s donation to the USA Shooting Team Foundation is the fourth straight year in which DSC has stepped up to provide significant contributions to the benefit of USA Shooting athletes. In 2010, DSC provided financial support for the junior team attending the 2012 World Shooting Championships in Munich, Germany, and helped lead the team to 14 overall medals including two individual titles, and one team gold medal.
DSC also previously helped fund junior participation at the 2011 World Shotgun Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, and the junior team delivered with six medals overall. Eight of the junior team athletes sponsored by DSC then are back to compete in their second World Championships, either as junior or open athletes.
Last year, the USA Shooting Team secured exclusive use of a shooting range in Denmark for a pre-Olympic Games Training Camp, thanks to a contribution from DSC. The range was specifically dedicated for use by the USA Shooting Team for training around the clock in a distraction-free environment. In addition, the camp was used to enhance team unity and camaraderie as well as solidify the athlete support structure.
DSC is an international leader in conservation, education and hunter advocacy. Most members of the current USA Shooting Team are active hunters and anglers, blending a passion for the outdoors with winning on the world stage.
“Our ongoing support for America’s Olympic hopefuls is a genuine source of pride for our members and our entire organization,” said Ben Carter, DSC executive director. “We’re proud to help these fine young ambassadors pursue their dreams and represent our country while flying the flag for outdoor and sporting lifestyles.”
DSC sponsorships are reciprocated by shooting team members assisting with DSC conventions, youth education events, public exhibits and more.
“The continued support and dedication shown to us by the Dallas Safari Club has given this generation of athletes a tremendous boost to their training and competitive abilities,” said Buddy DuVall, USA Shooting Team Foundation Executive Director. “USA Shooting is especially grateful to DSC members for the contributions they make to better our organization and in assisting our athletes in becoming the best in the world.”
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