Young gun Emma shoots for Britain

Emma Steeples shooter
Emma Steeples shooter

BEARSDEN sharp shooter Emma Steeples has been selected to represent the British Schools’ Shooting Team in Dortmund, Germany.

The Kelvinside Academy pupil (16) will compete in the prestigious three-day event, starting on March 21.

This will be Emma’s first cap for her country and it is quite an achievement considering she is one of only six youngsters in the GB team who will be up against top teams from the US and Eastern Europe.

Shooting from a distance of 50 metres in the small bore .22 section, the Bearsden and District rifle club member will have to hit a target no larger than a one pence to score the maximum of 10 points.

Emma will have a total of 60 shots so could potentially score 600 points. The event is also timed with each competitor having 75 minutes.

Described by her shooting coach at Kelvinside Academy, Charles Young, as “exceptionally gifted”, he said he knew within the first week of her taking up the sport that she was something special.

He said: “Emma is still very young but I can remember when she started. It was Tuesday, August 25, 2009. She came back a week later and I was able to say when I saw her shoot again that we have a wonderful gifted child. Her natural ability and enthusiasm is a winning combination.”

School rector Robert Karling said that he hoped her example would encourage more pupils at the school to take up the sport.

He added: “By winning a GB cap, Emma has shown what can be done through talent and dedication.”

Emma’s continued success has meant she is now needing to buy new equipment and is currently looking for sponsorship. If you feel you can help out contact Emma’s mum Patricia on psteeples@yahoo.co.uk