Is it time to give this celebrated shooter a knighthood?
British sporting shooter George Digweed added another world title — his third of 2015 — to his long list of shooting achievements last week, amid calls to have him knighted.
George won the World FITASC Championship, held in Minnesota, US, by scoring three perfect rounds of 25 and never dropping more than three shots on any other layout. His total score of 190 was one point clear of Damian Birgan, from Australia, and Michael Spada, from Italy, who were both tied on 189.
His win follows hot on the heels of his last world title, the World Compak Sporting Championship, held in Estonia, in June, and the World English Sporting Championship, held in Florida, in April (News, 29 April).
Calls for a knighthood
He has now won a grand total of 26 world titles during his four-decade long career, as well as 18 European championships, 116 international championships, 10 European Cups and 11 British and English championships.
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One keen fan, 30-year- old novice clayshooter Brett Woollacott from Cornwall, has now set up an online petition urging the British Honours and Appointments Secretariat to consider George for a knighthood.
Brett told Gamebore, one of George’s sponsors: “If you mention the names Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Nick Faldo, Kelly Holmes and Sebastian Coe, nearly every household in the UK will know roughly who they are, yet when the name George Digweed is mentioned people draw a blank. For a man who holds more world titles than a lot of the current listof sporting knights and dames put together, that is a disgrace.”
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