With a total of 6 individual medals under her belt; 2 bronze and 4 silver from the World and European Championships, a further 5 team medals; 1 bronze, 2 silver and 2 gold at World, European and Commonwealth Championships Abbey Burton is certainly one to watch and as 4 times British Ladies Champion, and the 1st lady to win three years in a row – female shots don’t come much more inspirational!
We caught up with the young (27yr old) Miss Burton to find out how shooting, and specifically trap events came to form such a major part of her life.
“I was age 14 when my grandfather Peter Burton (now a retired Gamekeeper) first introduced me into the sport.
I went on to attend BASC ‘young shots’ days and as my interest and passion for it grew, I started going for clay lessons at E.J.Churchills.
My early years at E.J Churchills stood me in good stead as I then went on to acquire a job there as a caddy and then as a receptionist.
In 2006 I moved down to Somerset to live with my (now fiancé) Edward Ling, (a former world and European junior champion, Ed also has one Olympic appearance under his belt, and has also won the world and European universal trap titles).
With a hunger for shooting, and to encourage new people in to the sport, I proceeded to complete a Shooting Instructor course run by the CPSA and continued to coach other people in clay shooting working at Heywood Estate, then Brook Bank Shooting Ground in Somerset.
In 2010 I went onto set up my own business Abbey Burton Shooting School which I am still currently running to date offering corporate events, young shots days and individual lesson in clay shooting, archery and air rifle disciplines.
I find this such a rewarding sport to be in because of what I have achieved as a person (current World Champion) and I am able to pass on this knowledge and inspiration to other people, especially aspiring young shots. The most enjoyment of all comes from watching my clients improve and watching them smile because they are loving the sport as much as I do and successfully hitting some clays!”