Elliott Sewell (C 12-17) is close to emulating the impressive Nick Tremlett (A 72-76) having achieved 3rd place and the Bronze Badge in the Queen’s Prize, the Premier Bisley Competition, with the Old Bradfieldian Shooting Society. This was an amazing achievement for one so young.
The Queens Prize is shot in three stages, the first two at short range – 300x, 500x and 600x. 884 entered and the top 300 make the cut to the Second Stage where Elliott, dropping only one point, placed 21st to make the cut of 100 who go through to the Final which is shot at 900 and 1000 yards. Taking his Second Stage score forward Elliott held his nerve and did not drop a further point making a score of 299.34 out of 300.60 placing him in equal second which now required a tie shoot. Sadly, a more experienced shooter won the tie but Elliott must be very proud to have achieved such success.
Elliott was the high scorer in the OBSS ‘A’ team competing in the Schools Veterans competition, pipping Nick Tremlett by one V. Simon Dixon (C58-61), who incidentally was coaching both, promises he didn’t wind Nick out of the V-Bull! Elliot was awarded the Elgood Quart Tankard as the High Man at the subsequent OBSS dinner at the North London Rifle Club.
This year the Imperial Meeting celebrated its 150th anniversary having been run every year since 1860 barring the nine years of the two World Wars. Some claim that the America’s Cup to be the oldest international competition having first been held in 1851 but it has only run 36 times.