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Gilligan is setting his sights high for glory in Glasgow

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

Gilligan is setting his sights high for glory in Glasgow

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MIKE Gilligan will be flying the flag for Doveridge Clay Shooting Club at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He is one of two Derbyshire shooters competing in Scotland.

"Being selected to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games is a massive honour for me after all the year's hard work I have put in," said the 25-year-old.

"I am going to Glasgow confident of coming away with a medal.

"It has been a hectic few months for me.

I've been competing in Munich, Kazakhstan and Hungary lately.

"I'm ready for Glasgow and will have great support from my family, too."

Gilligan, who first began shooting at the age of 13, got into the sport by accident after accompanying a friend to the shooting range at Doveridge.

He has since worked his way through the international ranks and this will be his first Commonwealth Games.

He said: "I'm confident of coming away with a medal but the competition will be strong, especially from the Cypriots, Scots and Australia."

Caroline Povey completes the Derbyshire contingent in the 11-strong England clay shooting squad.

Although she has been a member of the Great Britain shooting team since 2004, the Commonwealth Games will be Povey's first major multi-sport event and was always her number one aim after having daughter Xanthe four years ago.

"I have been a regular member of the GB team for the last 10 years and have won the UK Championships four times," she said.

"In 2013, I won the British Grand Prix, too, and have had a good year on the international circuit.

"I'm currently ranked number one in England and number two in Great Britain and my aim is to reach the top six in Glasgow.

"After having Xanthe, making the England team for the Commonwealth Games was my aim and so I'm delighted to have been selected.

"To be competing in a multi-sport event is going to be a new experience for me and I am really excited at the prospect.

"Like all athletes, it has taken many years of dedication and training to reach the Games."

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