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25 May 2018

Gamekeeping student makes her mark at national clay shooting competition

A gamekeeping student was determined to make her mark at a national shooting competition after missing out last year because of injury.

And Hermione West did just that winning Best Female Shot at the BASC National Clay Shooting Championships earlier this month!

The 18-year-old said: “I was gutted to miss out on the competition last year when I dislocated my arm days before, so I was determined that I would take part this time round.

“I thought I had shot quite well but really didn’t expect to win, so it was a lovely shock to find out I had!”

She was also pleased to compete in the group competition with the College’s first team and said the championship was a great experience for all the gamekeeping students.

Hermione, who lives in the halls of residence at the Lackham campus and is studying the Level 2 work-based programme, said: “Being a student here is great because you get to take part in extra competitions, which is an added bonus.

“I love everything about this course and campus and I’m going to really miss being here, although I am looking forward to continuing my job as a gamekeeper at a private estate.

“Neil has been an amazing lecturer and teaches us the skills that we need, but at the same time, what I really like is that he also lets us learn for ourselves.

“He genuinely cares about all of us and preparing us for the future.

“The advantages about living on campus is that we also get to help out and check on the birds.”

If you would like to find out more information about our Land and Wildlife management courses, visit our website or come and meet our lecturers at Lackham’s Animal Care, Countryside and Gardens Open Day on Sunday 10th June from 10-4pm.