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 It was another very successful Junior International Pistol Competition held at The National Shooting Centre at Bisley, Surrey in August for Eddie Graver. He won the gold medal in the main 10 metre air pistol competition. Eddie went into the final in third place but managed to win by four clear points, retaining his title from last year. His pre-final score and that of his two team mates ensured a team gold medal for the England junior men and also a new team record beating the previous record by seven points which has stood since 1997. Eddie also set a new finals record. The previous day, he won an individual bronze medal in the Sport Pistol event and a team silver. This is Eddie’s last year as a junior and is looking forward to competing in the senior classes from January. He is already shooting scores, which ranks him in the top twenty senior male air pistol shooters in Britain.

Eddie was granted the honour of carrying the Olympic flame. His torch was lit at about 10:25am at the top of Lowestoft High Street . Those of us who were there will never forget this historic day July 5th 2012.

Eddie just arrived with the torch. He gave up about 10 minutes of his time having his photograph taken with children in the crowd. I bet he really made their day.

 

I think he made his mum and dad's day too.

Receiving the flame and starting his run.

Eddie Graver, Lloyd's Bank Local Hero, Running into history.

 

BRITISH PISTOL CHAMPION 2012

EDDIE

Eddie has been a member of the club for about seven years and has been shooting pistol for 5 years, and along with his Dad, Andy, is a regular shot for England.

He shot at the Britsh Pistol Championship last Saturday 25th February and after the 60 shot qualifiers in the morning lay in second place.

After a light lunch, he prepared to do battle in the afternoon and took the lead in the 10 shot final with his first shot. A few shots later, he relinquished the lead, but held his nerve and was in the lead again after the 8th shot. Once he was in the lead for the second time nothing could stop him and he was the winner by almost a whole point which at this level is quite a margin.

"A lot of shooting is in the mind" he told me yesterday, "You have to know that you have the ability and block out all negative thoughts, especially in the last few shots. After the 8th shot it was mine to lose but I managed to hold it together."

Eddie's achievement was all the more remarkable because this year he is taking his A level exams and he has recently recovered from a debilitating bout of pneumonia.

Eddie is strongly supported by his Mum, Sue, his Dad, Andy and his younger sister, Charlotte and is sponsored by Lloyds TSB under their Local Hero scheme.

This Olympic year he has been honored by being chosen to carry the Olympic Torch

Your Family, friends and Waveney Shooting Club are very, very, proud of you Eddie.

Eddie shooting at Bisley this year