Bede’s Head of Shooting Contributes to Team GB Gold
Great Britain's Long Range Rifle Team with their well-earned trophy.
Bill Richards, Head of Shooting and Teacher of Mathematics at Bede's, recently contributed to Team GB's gold medal victory at the World Long Range Rifle Team Championships at Camp Perry in Ohio.
The competition, which sees up to a dozen countries compete in a different host nation every 4 years, saw Great Britain beat the United States of America, their nearest competitors, by a margin of 72 with a new record score.
As well as the team success, Mr Richards achieved a perfect score of 75.15v in a 900 yard match, winning an individual Gold Medal and a Silver Medal in an aggregate match.
Mr Richards taking aim at Camp Perry.
Having contributed to 4 World Championship team gold medal victories since 1992 for Team GB, Mr Richards' shooting career first saw him represent the country in 1986 with a break from touring between 1999 and this year, during which he raised two children and joined Bede's to teach Maths in 2003.
Now back at School, Mr Richards is preparing to re-enter both the classroom and the rifle range where he will coach the Bede's Shooting Team and 60-person Shooting Squad.
"One of the reasons I am so passionate about coaching pupils at Bede's is due to the sport being one where you can represent your country for over thirty years," Mr Richards explains.
"It appeals across the genders and year groups and is accessible to many of those who might not consider themselves to be traditionally athletic. The many different types of shooting 'disciplines' can provide students with valuable life skills that are difficult to gain in the classroom."