Clitheroe pupil is a shooting star

HOT SHOT: Joshua Bridges with his North of England champion's badge
HOT SHOT: Joshua Bridges with his North of England champion's badge
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CLAY pigeon competitor Joshua Bridges is shooting to success and a possible future Team GB place.

The 14-year-old pupil at Ribblesdale High School, Clitheroe, who lives at Foulridge, has been winning county and regional titles in under-18 competitions, and even beating experienced adults in open competition.

Now his dad John (55) who shot for the North of England in his heyday, is predicting that Joshua could go right to the top.

Joshua’s recent successes in “Colt” under-18s contests include firsts in the Lancashire Sporting Championships held on neutral ground in Wales, the Lancashire Sportrap Championships held in Cheshire, the North of England All-Round Championships at York - where he was also fourth overall - and the North of England Sporting Championships at Manchester.

He also won the bronze medal third place for under 18s from all over Britain, at the British Open held in Wales.

Joshua’s parents, John and Christine, moved from Clitheroe several years ago to Foulridge, from where they tour the country running the unique Starshot1 Championship, in which shooters fire at clays through an 80-foot wide fan-shaped metal frame divided into segments with different scores on them.

John, who acts as Joshua’s coach, said: “Joshua has been shooting since he was eight, and he’s improved a lot over the past year. He’s regularly scoring in the 80s and won the All-Round with a 90.

“We’re hoping he can progress to the Great Britain team. It’s not just my opinion - a lot of people who’ve been watching him say how much he’s matured over the past year.”