Hot-shot Cain on target for gold

Nine-year-old Cain Stewart, who lives in Scots Gap, won 1st place in the ATEO junior Co2 powered rifle section in the National Championships (northern) at the Lowther Game Fair, Penrith. He won silver as runner up in the Spring powered rifle section in the same competition.
Nine-year-old Cain Stewart, who lives in Scots Gap, won 1st place in the ATEO junior Co2 powered rifle section in the National Championships (northern) at the Lowther Game Fair, Penrith. He won silver as runner up in the Spring powered rifle section in the same competition.

A SCOTS Gap boy showed nerves of steel to win a major shooting event and qualify for the national finals.

Cain Stewart, aged nine, received a gold medal for coming first place in the Airgun Training and Education Organisation (ATEO) Junior Co2 powered rifle section in the National Championships (northern) at the Lowther Game Fair, Penrith, on Saturday, August 11.

He won silver as runner up in the Spring powered rifle section in the same competition and now goes forward to compete in the ATEO National Championship Finals at the Midland Game Fair at Weston Park, Shropshire, on Sunday, September 16.

The achievement is even more impressive because the competition was open to children as old as 14.

Cain’s grandfather Phil Fairless said: “He was absolutely over the moon to get two beautiful awards for his magnificent performances.

“I was very proud of how well he did.

“Cain is making a name for himself in both clay and Co2 rifle shooting and hopefully he will do well in the national finals. He has a real knack for the sport.”

Cain recently finished at Cambo First School and will start at Chantry Middle School and Technology College in September.

He took up shooting three years ago and is establishing himself under the instruction of Alan Hawkins at Northumberland Sporting Clays, Longwitton Dene.

He enjoys playing other sports and is a member of Morpeth Rugby Club’s junior section.