Scholastic Clay Target Program athletes have long made their mark in national and international competition, but perhaps in no year has SCTP produced as many of the top shooters in the Olympic development program as in 2014. In every discipline, SCTP was well represented among the medalists in USA Shooting’s 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships held in Colorado Springs last month.
In International Skeet, four of the top six women’s scores were shot by SCTP athletes, while 11 of the top 16 men’s scores were recorded by SCTP shooters.
Among Bunker Trap shooters, nine of the top 16 women were from SCTP. Men’s shooters had a similar top-16 count, with all of the top six athletes and eight of the top nine being SCTP shooters.
SCTP almost made a clean sweep in Double Trap. Nineteen of the top 21 shooters and all of the top 10 are from SCTP.
“We’re very proud of the achievements of these SCTP members, and we’re anxiously watching their progress as they follow in the footsteps of such SCTP alums as Olympic gold medalists Kim Rhode and Vincent Hancock and bronze medalist Corey Cogdell,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Director. “The state, regional, and national competitions provided by SCTP allow athletes to learn their sport, improve their skills, and gain the competitive experience they need to move on to the world stage.”
SCTP is an official feeder program to USA Shooting for shotgun disciplines. The National Junior Olympic Program serves as an important element of USA Shooting’s pipeline development system in promoting the shooting sports. The goal of Junior Olympics is to allow skilled junior athletes to obtain national competitive experience for future development. The program also serves as an opportunity to appoint the top finishers to the National Junior Team. Click here for more information on the National Junior Olympic Program.