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Old 3rd September 2013, 11:48 AM
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First off and most importantly warmest congratulations to John, we had a great few days together and he got the job done. I only wish I could duplicate his level of composure and calm. I really enjoyed his company and we've talked through all sorts of stuff both before and after the competition; it was a pleasure to get to know him. My daughters also appreciated his magic show prior to our departure! Well done to the entire England team, we really did ourselves proud on what was a tough set of Euro-style FT courses.

From a personal perspective I have to say I'm truly gut busted by my performance, it's going to be very hard for me to come to terms with a terrible error that I made. I've been doing FT for 25 years on and off and I've always been able to easily accept whatever has come my way.

I may be opening myself up for ridicule but I shot my very last lane out of sequence (hitting both!) to drop two behind the top score. The lane featured targets just a yard or so apart at the top of a high bank at about 52-odd yards. It was perhaps the only lane on the three courses which could be shot out of sequence and I encountered it at the only point at which I was so keyed up that I could make that error. A truly unfortunate concatenation of circumstances.

Of the thousands of lanes that I've shot it's the first that I've ever shot out of sequence. It's very difficult for me to know exactly what I did but I think I ranged the correct (first) target first, then shot the second, then ranged the first target again and shot it. My only consolation is that I took two beautiful shots, and I'd rather that than choke off on two dinks.

The targets I missed over the three days were just insane, mostly in my first two lanes of each day where I was so nervous I could hardly hold the faceplate. The target I missed in my 49 on Sunday was a 32 yard full sized kneeler! (Just for the record John missed that too, he also seemed to do most of his missing on easier targets.)

It's going to be very difficult for me to get this out of my system, I really poured all of myself into this and I feel such a fool. I've had one or two people suggest to me in the past that I shoot like a machine; oh that this were the case! I'm all too human, my nervousness and depth and variation of emotion around a course (and my need to pee every 5 minutes!) are as great a challenge as the targets, in fact they are the real obstacle.

While I love the sport right now it's difficult for me to consider ever putting myself through such torment again. Though maybe I need to go to one more Worlds as I've never gone a turn out before either.

Thanks to the Welsh team who between them saved me from temptation by ensuring that no spare beer was available in our particular part of South Bavaria, particular thanks to Berty for keeping me half sane through the shoots. Also great to see Conor again and meet his Irish team mates.

I've now come second in the last two world championships I've attended and shared a room with the winner on each occasion - how weird is that? I've been close in every possible respect.

After our long trip through Germany and Holland and drive up from Harwich John is now on the road back to the North-East, I wish him a safe journey and look forward to seeing him again. The lad is as sound as he appears and he's provided the ultimate confirmation of his skill. I salute him.
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Old 3rd September 2013, 11:55 AM
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Spoken like the true gent you are Simon ,well done anyway
I know a few shooters that wouldve been chuffed with a second to John

Dont beat yourself up mate ,remember its only a game!!
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Old 3rd September 2013, 12:01 PM
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You write with such humility and grace; I wish you the very best of luck for future years.


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Old 3rd September 2013, 12:15 PM
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Simon - a great post.

Not sure if it is age related, but I have also shot wrong targets in the last 2 years. One at the Far Coley GP last year and one at the Tawd Vale GP this year. Before that - it had never happened in competition.

I can also sympathise on the needing a pee around the course - another age thing

A real shame to lose out in such a way - especially on the very last lane when the hard work was almost done.

I hope you don't dwell on it for too long and you can put it behind you.

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Old 3rd September 2013, 12:29 PM
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I think i would be upset if i shot out of squence in a nw shoot but to do it at that level must be soul destroying i feel for you as for coming second just think how many times Calps has done that and come through ,nice post and well done.
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Old 3rd September 2013, 01:04 PM
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On reading this, I thought 'oh xxxx'.
I'm trying to avoid imagining what went through your head when you realised what had happened.

I went through something not dissimilar (in a much less important match, but shooting against one of the top shooters of those days).
I can still feel the stomach pain that went through me when I saw my rifle dropping out of the gun rack, landing on the scope bell, just before the shootoff for first place. Why didn't I put it in the bag??!?

While I'm on it, I am also trying to avoid what it would've been like to be your squad mate that day... must've been heart-wrenching.

Sorry to hear this. But look at it this way: you will most likely never make this mistake again.
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here here well said by a true gentleman of our sport, long may you continue flower.
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Old 3rd September 2013, 03:41 PM
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The next room mate you get simon at the worlds . tie him to the bed come the comp . sorted ??? HOLLY
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Well said Simon , and well done to Finnish second in that company of shooters you should be proud of yourself .. Regards Dave ..... Hope to see you at the euros.
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Utter respect for you Simon.
For your shooting
For your obvious talent and ability
And, perhaps principally, for your humility, your courage and your honesty.

I look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand.
I will put meeting you on my list of 'things-to-do' for next years GP season.

You're a credit to the sport.

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