Developing Sporting Potential – Michael Bovingdon
Supporting young people to be active and promoting access to sports are two key issues that the Prince Philip Trust Fund likes to assist with grant funding. As testament to this, young shooting hopeful, Michael Bovingdon, has successfully applied for a number of grants from the Trust since 2016 totalling £5,000 to help further his career in competing in the Olympic Trap discipline.
As a son of a local farming family it was only when he was given a gift voucher to shoot clays aged 11 that he began to develop his talent for shooting. Michael’s first success was to secure his first Gold in the junior category at the British Helice Championships aged 13. Travelling to Le Touquet in France Michael had his first international win.
At aged 16, Michael went on to spend two years on a British Shooting Talent Pathway programme. This opportunity has led Michael to be selected for the Junior British team and he has competed in a number of events around the world such as The Junior World Cup in Australia, European Championships in Austria and World Championships in South Korea. Building upon these competition experiences has resulted in Michael making it into finals domestically and internationally. More recently, Michael won Gold in the junior men category of the Portuguese Championship 2019, setting a British Finals record of 46/50.
Now aged 18, Michael is training hard with his Coach Chris Dean to realise his goal of selection to compete in 2019 for Team GB.
Michael said: “The funding from the Prince Philip Trust Fund has been fundamental to my progress. It has meant that I can train and enter competitions. International competitions have been of the greatest benefit to me and these are where I can put my training and practice to the test. It’s hard work to reach my goals, and a long road to Olympic selection, but I’m really grateful to have this opportunity and to have received the support from The Prince Philip Trust Fund.”
We wish Michael every success in his shooting career.