Purbrook hot shot targeting the top

Jon Hounsell (18) has come second at the British Open Air Rifle Championships. Picture: Sarah Standing (120855-1392)
Jon Hounsell (18) has come second at the British Open Air Rifle Championships. Picture: Sarah Standing (120855-1392)
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Jon Hounsell announced himself as a shooting force at the British Open Air Rifle Championships.

And the Commonwealth and Olympic dream is now on for the deadeye talent.

Hounsell’s second-placed finish at the junior national event at Bisley has underlined his emerging quality.

The Purbrook ace’s performance saw him deliver a total of 675.9 points on the way to his runner-up spot in the Olympic-style final.

After delivering a qualifying score of 576 points, Hounsell fired the highest final total of 99.9 to leave him second overall.

That was on top of a string of impressive displays at adult level, which bodes well for the future.

It was a career-high display for the 18-year-old.

Now Hounsell is targeting further success by aiming for the very top.

That, according to proud father Chris, means focusing on firing his way to success at the next Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

He said: ‘It was a great performance from Jon.

‘The championships are a major international competition.

‘It was an Olympic-style final and he came second in it, so it’s an achievement.

‘That was on top of doing well in other bits and pieces as well.

‘Jon has been doing air rifle for five years now.

‘It is the first time he has done as well as this, so we are very pleased and proud.

‘He started out six years ago and is progressing all the time.

‘He is hoping to rejoin England Academy, keep going and then aim for the next Commonwealth and Olympic Games.’

Hounsell’s focus has been on competing in the air rifle and .22 shooting as he makes waves in his sport.

His national success has arrived under the Fort Purbrook banner, with the Portsmouth University student also a member of both Havant and Fareham Rifle Clubs.

Hounsell’s development has seen him selected for the GB junior target squad.

That means overseas action will be on the agenda in Germany later this year, as well as international competition in Bisley in August.

His success follows previous international glory abroad in Germany and at his breakthrough event in South Africa, where five medals were collected.

Now Hounsell is on the look out for sponsorship to help him continue his search for success.

If you can help Hounsell continue his Olympic dream, contact his father Chris Hounsell on 07929 212430.