Johnson targets success in 2012

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TEENAGE marksman Oliver Johnson will end 2011 as the country’s leading colt with his sights set on the World Championships in 2012.

The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association averages put the 15-year-old top of the pile in the Sporting discipline.

Already, he is a member of the Yorkshire sporting and skeet teams, and he has claimed a host of national and regional titles at the under 18 level during the past 12 months.

But he regularly shoots at events which pitch him alongside the best in the business regardless of age, and has earned several class wins in various competitions around the country.

Johnson, who lives in Bempton and goes to Headlands School, shoots every weekend and is considering a career in gamekeeping or tuition.

Despite only starting at the age of 12, next year could see him compete at the World Championships, possibly at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk.

“It’s the only sport where someone of Oliver’s age can shoot alongside a World champion,” said dad Adam.

The family thanked Dave Thompson at York Guns for his continued support of Oliver, with cartridges and equipment.