No, this is not a geography question it’s much more important than that – as Bill Shankly would say. (No, youngsters, Bill Shankly isn’t a shooter. Look it up!!)
The matter to which I refer is the future of OS shooting in GB. Ray Dixson hosted a meeting after the ladies final at South Wales on this vexed question, with a proposal that the selection procedure be changed. Ray, as one of the OS reps, apparently receives tons of e mails, letters and phone calls about this , and, prudently, doing his job, he put the matter to the shooters.
I think it’s fair to say there’s a major lack of transparency in the system. Jiggery pokery is perhaps too strong but all is not well.
Andrew Austin who is now on the coaching team – (why not me too?) – fought his corner very well. In fact his erudition surprised me and he has obviously been hiding his verbal skills under a very large (should it be heavy) bushel. I should say that Joe Neville was not in attendance. Andy, who has a fine record of achievement, of course came to the programme only lately and, quite rightly, is doing his job within the system. That the system may be flawed is not his fault, but it is now incumbent upon us all to get something back to Ray as to how we, the shooters, think things should proceed. We were landed with the current system, somewhat disingeniously I think, a point that Ray tried to make clear and now, after Beijing, (what’s actually happening out there?) we are told that “everything is up for grabs”.
No point in moaning then folks. It’s up to us all to say what we believe should be happening. There seemed to be a suggestion that we should try and get John Leighton Dyson to come to a meeting and explain more clearly what is going on. That would be a good thing maybe, but we would all need all the published paperwork in our hands prior to that to allow reasoned discussion of the facts to take place.
One of the stories is that, for this European Championships, it’s the first, second and seventh placed junior who are going as the team. Hmmm. Wot’s the selection policy there then chaps?
An interestng point was that Andy said “This is the first year we’ve had a plan”. Now I didn’t pick him up on it, but, can that be true? Surely not!
What’s the point about the vehicle? Easy peasy. It’s an Austin Shooting Brake! Told ya I was clever.