Multiple World Champion clay Shot George Digweed is set to go down in history. He has won a staggering 26 World Championships, 19 European Championships, 116 International Championships, 16 World Cups, 10 European Cups and 11 English and British Championships. In fact, by the time you read this he may have notched up these scores even further. Read on for some background on this exceptional Shot.
- George was born in Hastings in 1964
- He started shooting around the age of 12
- He was awarded an MBE in 2009
- He was introduced to clayshooting by his grandfather
- He is considered to be the most complete Shot in the game by competitors
- He is listed in Wisden for his bowling achievement in a Sussex league cup match – five overs, five maidens, eight wickets, zero runs
- He travels the world teaching clay and gameshooting
- He has his own shooting method – which is taught at the George Digweed Academy at EJ Churchill
- He holds the record for woodpigeon – shooting 661 in a single day
- He supports several charities including; The Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, The Lord’s Taverners, Demelza and the Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance
- You can follow him on Twitter @georgedigweed
- He has his own branded champagne, George Digweed Rosé
- In 2016 George and his wife Kate experienced a traumatising burglary when their home was broken into by masked intruders who attacked George and stole money, guns, trophies, medals and his vehicle
- George Digweed has a YouTube channel and a Facebook page
- His guns are made by Perazzi
- He describes his most difficult shot as being: “A late October grouse, downwind and below your feet, shot behind.”
- One of his top tips is to: “Keep still until a driven bird commits to a line upon which you can pretty much do what you want and it won’t change course.”
- Another piece of advice from George is for Guns to stay hydrated. On hot days drink water regularly and stay off the booze the night before shooting as it will affect your concentration and performance.
- When shooting clays he says: “By keeping your shoulders square and level your head will remain in the right place; if you keep your head still, the gun will always be where you are looking.
Going-away targets are often fast out of the trap. If you try and shoot those in the traditional game way, with your gun held down and away from your shoulder, you’ll run out of time as the clay becomes a dot in the distance.”
- When he was awarded his MBE he said: I am not really into personal glorification but this award is great for shooting. Our sport is often overlooked because it is not considered politically correct, so this achievement means a lot. I am very much looking forward to collecting the award from Buckingham Palace. “
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