British Clay Pigeon Shot, James Wilkinson has recently secured a sponsorship deal with William Powell, and in the coming months will be reporting on his training and competing.
James introduces himself below:
I’m L.Cpl. James Wilkinson of the Royal army veterinary core. I have been serving for about six years in which time I have done three tours of Afghanistan. Before joining the army I worked as a gamekeeper on the North Yorkshire moors on a mixed estate of both grouse and pheasants.
On my latest tour of Afghanistan working forward as a dog handler with 1 rifle, I got seriously injured and was left in a coma for four days and just over a year on am still awaiting further surgery on my hip.
Since being injured, I have been receiving intense rehab at Headily court and also concentrating on my clay shooting where I have passed my level one instructors course and got into the army clay shooting team where I have completed a tour of Cyprus picking up a bronze medal for English skeet. I shot in the disabled world championships in Italy, which was Olympic trap and came 22nd which I thought was good after not shooting a great deal of trap. My most recent achievement was silver in class at the Beretta worlds sporting championships.
My next main event is the British open all round at the weekend. Following that I have the British open sporting championships and I am also on a reserve list for the world sporting championships. As for training Iâ€™m getting out as much as I can but with a new born baby in the house its limited, I have a couple of army team training days and league shooting in the fourth coming weeks and look forward to filling you in on my progress afterwards.