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Molly’s game: Perthshire pupil becomes first Scottish woman to win Welsh Junior Open

Molly’s game: Perthshire pupil becomes first Scottish woman to win Welsh Junior Open

Strathallan School pupil Molly H has become the first Scottish Woman to win the Welsh Open Championship Junior High Gun.

After only picking up the sport of clay target shooting in August 2021, Molly has represented Scotland at the European Champions, Home International, and was part of the Scottish Junior Team who won their first British Open Junior DLT Clays Championships since 1989 earlier this year.

Molly said her win in Wales is a moment she won’t forget, “It feels amazing, to know that I’m the first girl to win it and the first Scottish person, is an incredible achievement. I have a tradition of not looking at the scores whilst I shoot so I didn’t know right until the prize-giving that I’d won. It was a memorable weekend.”

Molly trains three times a week at Strathallan’s Shooting Academy, which comprises of the only purpose-built compact sporting clay pigeon shooting facility with nine fully automated traps at a school.

Another Shooting Academy student who raised his sights this summer is current Colts Sporting World Champion, Ali T, who represented Scotland at the Home Internationals in Jersey. His team narrowly missed out on first place, missing only 3 clays out of 300.

Scottish Women & Girls in Sport Week

Strathallan School proudly nurtures sports for all ages and abilities. 2022 marks the sixth year of Scottish Women in Sport Week, a week that is close to the hearts of many at the Perthshire school.

This year’s theme is visibility and partnerships. In order to increase participation and reduce the stigma around girls in sport, senior Strathallan students are putting on a series of activities, talks and games open to all girls at the 577-pupil school.

Melissa F-S, Captain of School said, “The drop off of young women in the sport after school is huge. We want to encourage as many girls to keep active, sport doesn’t just have to be at an elite level. Being physically active can have a massive impact on your mental health. During the week we are hosting a range of activities to encourage pupils and staff to pick up, stick with or try a new sport.”

Recent Strathallan students have gone on to represent Team GB and Scotland in sport, including World Alpine Skier Charlie Guest and her sister, Para-alpine guide Katie Guest, Hockey Goalkeeper Nicki Cochrane who recently competed at the Commonwealth Games and professional rugby player Abi Evans who bagged her first try for the Saracens Women’s squad in September.

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