A Wellington School pupil has won a World title in an unusual sport, becoming the youngest person to do so.
Theo Ling, who is 15, has his sights set on the 2020 Olympic Games after winning the World ABT Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships in the Under 21 category. He competed at the Fauxdegla Premier Shooting Ground in Wrexham, becoming the World Junior Champion in the Olympic Trench discipline, which is notoriously complex. Fifteen traps are set up in a trench, each firing clays at different heights, speeds and angles. The random nature of this makes it the most difficult form of clay pigeon shooting.
Earlier this summer, Theo travelled to Maribor in Slovenia where he competed in the European Championships. He also completed in an Under 21 team event and won the Silver medal.
The Year 11 pupil has been shooting since he was 8 and is the brother of Ed Ling, who competed for Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics and has won the World and European Championships. His father, Stephen Ling, was a GB Olympic coach and British champion for the GB team and has been training his boys enthusiastically.