Adam Jory selected to represent Guernsey in the Commonwealth Games 2018
In operating The National Lottery, Camelot delivers, on average, around £30 million each week to National Lottery Good Causes. This includes supporting UK athletes in major sporting events such as the recent Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. It’s amazing to see athletes competing and winning medals, knowing that the work we do plays a part in making it all possible; it’s one of the many reasons people are proud to work at Camelot.
This year, our proud beaming smiles will be extra wide as one of our own employees will be one of those competing athletes! Adam Jory, who works in our Technology team, has been selected to represent Guernsey in the target rifle events at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.
We want to wish Adam the best of luck, we couldn’t be more proud and we’re all rooting for you!
Here’s Adam’s story…
I will be competing in the fullbore target rifle event, where I’m aiming to beat the best shots in the Commonwealth at distances of 300 to 1000 yards (900m). There are two medals up for grabs over five days of shooting.
The first of these is the pairs event, where I will be shooting with my brother, Peter, at five different distances. One of the trickiest aspects of this sport is working out how much effect the wind has on the flight path of the bullet.
On a windy day, it’s very easy for shots to be blown outside the bullseye, or even off the target if the correct adjustments have not been made. So, in the pairs event, my brother and I will take it in turns to shoot, while the other one uses the flags and other visual indicators to adjust the rifle sights so that the shots remain in the bullseye.
At 1,000 yards (900 metres), the bullseye is 20” (50cm) in diameter, but the bullet will need to be aimed five metres above the target in order to hit it. (see slow-motion video of a shot fired at 1,000 yards):
The individual event is fired over three days, with the final culminating at the far more taxing longer ranges of 900 and 1000 yards.
Guernsey has been competing at the Games since 1970 and has won six medals over the years, five of these have been in shooting sports. This is my fourth Commonwealth Games, with my previous best finish being fourth place in the pairs event at Delhi in 2010.
Fullbore rifle is a very open sport and out of the 35 competitors, I would rank in the top 20. I have beaten all of them in competitions in the past, and as its a sport where big match experience really helps, I'm hoping to go one better than Delhi and get into the medals!
Follow Adam's Commonwealth journey
We wish Adam lots of luck in his quest for a medal and if you would like to follow Adam on his journey, you can do so by following him on Twitter: @adamjory
To see how the rest of #TeamGuernsey2018 are doing follow @guernseycga
Key Commonwealth Games dates
9th April - Fullbore pairs - Day 1 (300, 500 & 600 yards)
10th April - Fullbore pairs final (900 & 1000 yards) and medal ceremony
11th April - Fullbore individual - Day 1 (300, 500 & 600 yards)
12th April - Fullbore individual - Day 2 (300, 500 & 600 yards)
14th April - Fullbore individual final (900 & 1000 yards) and medal ceremony
15th April - Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony