Six Former SCTP National Champions set to compete at the ISSF World Cup Competition in Sydney, Australia

Six Former SCTP National Champions set to compete at the ISSF World Cup Competition in Sydney, Australia

Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation
Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation

Shelby Township, MI –-( The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) announced today that six former Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Champions are competing as members of The USA Shooting Team at the ISSF World Cup Championships being held in Sydney, Australia from March 22nd thru April 1st. SCTP is the Official Clay Target Youth Development Program of USA Shooting.

The six former SCTP National Champions competing at The ISSF 2011 Sydney World Cup are:

  • Vincent Hancock – Age 22, Eatonton, GA (SCTP National Champion) – Men’s Skeet
  • Jon Michael McGrath – Age 18, Tulsa, OK (SCTP National Champion) – Men’s Skeet
  • T. J. Bayer – Age 17, Bryan, TX (SCTP National Champion) – Men’s Skeet
  • Caitlin Connor – Age 21, Winnfield, LA (SCTP National Champion) – Women’s Skeet
  • Josh Richmond – Age 25, Hillsgrove, PA (SCTP National Champion) – Men’s Double Trap
  • Miranda Wilder – Age 17, Diana, TX (SCTP National Champion) – Women’s Trap

The 2011 Sydney World Cup, the second leg of the ISSF World Cup Championships, has 64 nations represented with 721 competitors in the Olympic sports of rifle, pistol and shotgun.

For more information on the ISSF World Cup Competition or to view the ISSF Finals LIVE on the internet visit:

The USA Shooting Team is coming off a very successful competition at the ISSF World Cup in Concepcion, Chile a few weeks ago where Vincent Hancock, Jon Michael McGrath, and Frank Thompson tied the World Record in Men’s Skeet and captured a Gold Medal. Out of a possible 125 targets, Thompson finished with a competition score of 123, Hancock with 122 and McGrath with 121 posting a combined score of 366/375. The Women’s Skeet, Men’s Double Trap and Women’s Trap Teams all won medals as well. Jaiden Grinnell finished with a competition score of 96/100 targets plus 21 targets in the Match Finals Shoot-Off and Josh Richmond finished with a competition score of 189/200 to win individual Bronze Medals in Women’s Skeet and Men’s Double Trap respectively.

USA Shooting has 34 athletes participating in Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun at the 2011 Sydney World Cup. 40% of the USA Shotgun Team (6 athletes) and all three members of the Men’s Skeet Team are former SCTP National Champions. The USA Shooting Team has the youngest Men’s Team, competing in the ISSF World Cup Series and at the World Clay Target Championships in Belgrade, Serbia later this year.

Athletes are members of the United States National Team at USA Shooting; based at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. USA Shooting is the National Governing Body for Olympic Shooting Sports in the United States.

About SCTP
SCTP is a youth development program where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, and teamwork while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to SCTP athletes. SCTP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements – FUN AND SAFETY. The safe handling of firearms is the primary focus of all SCTP clubs.

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