BGS Old Boy named in Team England shooting squad

BGS Old Boy named in Team England shooting squad

A Bury Grammar School Old Boy has been named in Team England's shooting squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Jack Fairclough, who left BGS with three A grades in his A Levels in 2016, has been selected as one of 11 shotgun shooters for Team England for the Games.

He joined the BGS Sixth Form in 2014, with one of the reasons being that the school would help to accommodate his shooting and time off when he had competitions abroad.

Jack now studies Real Estate at The Royal Agricultural University in Cirenster, alongside his shooting, where he was awarded one of their elite sports scholarships.

The 20-year-old is ranked number one in both seniors and under-21s in England for 2017, is a member of British Shooting's Elite World Class Programme and is the current British Record Holder.

Jack is also a triple British Champion and is ranked in the top five in Europe for under-21s.

Jack said: "I am delighted to have qualified in first place after the Team England qualification shoots in 2017.

"To be selected for the Commonwealth Games 2018 for my country is a huge honour and I cannot wait to go back to Australia and compete again on the new range in Brisbane.

"I have been really pleased with my shooting this year. I shot the test event in Brisbane in November, winning the shoot off against the Australian Olympians to finish the qualifying in first place. I was thrilled to take home the silver medal in a great final.

"I hadn't had a chance to do much training going into the competitions as my lecture timetable at university is pretty intense.

"I drew on the time management skills I picked up at Bury Grammar School when I was juggling my Chemistry, Maths and Biology A level timetable with my shooting and so far it seems to work!

"My teachers at BGS were a great support in my last year there in letting me have time off to shoot at competitions and train. They helped me with any catch up I needed to do."

Bury Grammar School Boys Headmaster Devin Cassidy, who taught Jack's Chemistry A Level class, said: "We are very proud of Jack's achievement but never doubted that he would be so successful.

"His achievements in the classroom were also superb and evidence of what can be achieved with the right work ethic."

The squad of 20 athletes will compete for Team England across all four shooting disciplines in the Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane from 8 to 14 April.

Next year will be a busy one for Jack as he has also been selected to shoot for the Great Britain Team in the World Cups in Mexico and Korea, so he will have plenty of study to catch up on when he goes back to university in April.