Oympian Ed Ling has been voted clay shooter of the year at the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) Awards
The Taunton born shooter received the award having been voted for by CPSA members from a shortlist of five contenders, which also featured fellow Olympic bronze medallist Steve Scott.
When presented with his award Ed said: “It’s a great honour to be up here and I’d like to thank the CPSA for organising the event. I must also thank my family for all the support they have given me over the years. This is a fantastic way to round off what has been a great year for me.”
Voted for by CPSA members
A total of nine awards were presented on the night, each focusing on a different aspect of the sport. All the nominees and winners of the awards were voted for by CPSA members.
Among the highlights of the night, Julie Sperling and Cheryl Hall were both clearly delighted to receive awards highlighting their voluntary and development work for the sport.
Following the success of the World English Sporting in 2016, E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe was named ground of the year.
Rob Fenwick of EJ Churchill commented: “I am really delighted with the award. The team worked so hard last year with all the World Championships along with everything else we do. All of which were a great success. It’s a great award to win as it’s the members voting and so it’s good to know they are also enjoying what we are doing!”
Nick Fellows, Chief Executive of the CPSA said: “We’re delighted to see so many people recognised and honoured here tonight at what has been a fantastic celebration of all that is good in our sport. All of the nominees were put forward by their peers and the winners voted for by CPSA members, so it’s a great event to raise our profile too. The Awards dinner has grown year on year and has fantastic support from the shooting industry as a whole and we thank our sponsors in particular for their support in making tonight a change in how we recognise the many achievements of our members.”
Full list of winners
Clay Shooter of the Year: Ed Ling
Special Contribution Award: Martin Barker
County Committee of the Year: Cheshire
Disabled Shooter of the Year: Andy Womble
Ground of the Year: E.J. Churchill
Young Shot of the Year: Amy Easeman
Volunteer of the Year: Julie Sperling
Development Initiative of the Year: Cheryl Hall
Coach of the Year: Linda Grayson
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