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Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading.

Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading.

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Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading (27) hopes his “eat, sleep and drink shooting” regime will bring him a second Commonwealth title in Scotland next week.

Heading is part of an 11-strong England team at the Commonwealth Games which opened in Glasgow yesterday, with the shooting taking place almost 100 miles away at Carnoustie.

Reigning Commonwealth men's trap shooting champion Aaron Heading.  Photo by Georgie Kerr (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association).

Reigning Commonwealth men's trap shooting champion Aaron Heading. Photo by Georgie Kerr (Clay Pigeon Shooting Association).

Competition starts for Heading with the double trap event on Sunday when he will be partnered by fellow Lincolnshire trap shooter David Sipling of Brigg.

Then comes the individual men’s trap shooting on Monday when Heading begins the defence of the title he won in Delhi, India, four years ago.

Heading said: “Everything in my life revolves around shooting and I eat, sleep and drink it.

“I’ve been in the Great Britain team since I was 12 but it still feels amazing just to get that feeling of everybody watching you down to the last target you shoot, a feeling you just can’t get in this world.”

Heading goes to the Games having won gold in the men’s trap shooting at last year’s ISSF (International Shooting Sport Federation) World Cup event in the Middle East.

“I got into shooting after following my father and it’s a fantastic sport to be involved in because you get to go to new places.”

Head coach John Robinson said: “This is the second biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics and for the shooting fraternity, it’s absolutely fantastic to be able to mix with the great and the good from athletics, squash, rugby and a number of other sports.

“We have a very strong squad and a very good team as well, with two or three who have been to the Games before and some up-and-coming shooters.”