Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Tom Berg, executive director of Hoosier Outdoor Writers, says there’s another impressive press release. Member of H.O.W., James Keldsen from Walkerton, Ind., has informed him of his son, Jakob, being named to the 2012 USA Junior Olympic shotgun team.
Jacob is the only one from the Hoosier state, and the only one from the north half of the USA in skeet.
This year, 22 shooters were selected for the team for which they will receive the support, assistance and coaching needed to advance through the ranks of competitive shotgun shooting.
The Junior Olympic for the USA shooting can often be the beginning of the Olympic journey for many young shooters. Tasked with the responsibility to identify the brightest young talent in the sport, USA Shooting is proud to announce the members of the 2012 Junior Olympic shotgun team. National shotgun coach Bret Erickson and the Junior Olympic shotgun team committee reviewed 80-plus applications this year, a record number that indicates growth in the shooting sports.
The talent pool has strengthened over the past year and the competition was steep, said Erickson, a four-time Olympian. We’re happy to acknowledge this group of young kids in hopes that new to the program is the addition of a men’s double-trap category for which four shooters were selected for the first time ever.
The team is comprised of nine trap, nine skeet and four double trap shooters. Shooters form the Lone Star State make up the majority of the team, with six of the 22 shooters announced hailing from Texas. Tennessee and California also were heavy contributors to the team placing four and three shotgun athletes on the team respectively.
William Hinton of Pacula, Ga., and Christopher Webster of Bainbridge, Ga., came from USA Shootings Certified Training Center Southern George Youth Shooting and Bridge Creek Clays in Hartsfield, Ga. Under the direction of coach Mike Simpson, Hinton and Webster now comprise half of the Junior Olympic shotgun team for men’s double trap. Robert Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., also developed his skills at another USAS Certified Training Center in Phoenix. Johnson trains at the Ben Avery Shooting facility/Clay Target Center.
Jakob is an outstanding young man. He is living proof the love of outdoors and the skills taught from shooting sports helped make him what he is today.
To learn more about USA Shooting’s certified training centers, go to; http://www.usashooting.org/membership/49-clubs/certified-training-centers