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SHOOTING: Heading on top of the world

Gold medalist Aaron Heading competes in the trap men final at the ISSF World Cup last month
Gold medalist Aaron Heading competes in the trap men final at the ISSF World Cup last month

Aaron Heading is officially the world’s number one trap shooter.

The 30-year-old from Long Sutton claimed top spot in the ISSF rankings after bringing back a gold medal from the World Cup in Malta.

Heading said: “As a 13-year-old, I said to my mum and dad at home one night 'do you think I can be world number one?'

"I remember clearly what they replied - 'it’s not an easy thing to do, as long as you always keep trying and keep going who knows what can happen'. Well 17 years later, I am finally able to tick it off my bucket list!

“There is a long list of names that I would love to say thank you to.

"Firstly, my wife Natasha for her dedication and love for me and in what I do.

"Secondly, my mum and dad ( John and Lyn) for all the years they chauffeured me around the country and for always believing in me and still, even today, helping me out so I can continue to shoot.

“Thanks also to James Rose and Mac from Fiocchi for all these years of continued support with my cartridges. Roberto Zarrillo for my amazing DT11 and sponsorship with Beretta & GMK. Gaylia Fallon from Laporte/CPC for the use of trusted traps and clays in order for me to practise tirelessly on.

“To coach Chris Dean for keeping me in check! (And to Wendy Dean for keeping him in check too). And British shooting, UK Sport and the National Lottery for their support too!

“Last but not least to my fellow workmates at HM Coast Guard for their support too!

“Finally a Thank you to Claudio & Teresa Capaldo, who I spent a lot of time with and worked many years with, I feel Claudio who has an abundance of knowledge with shooting is one of the most underrated coaches in the UK. I will always be very thankful to them.”

Heading has also been named in the Great Britain squad for the ISSF World Championships in Korea. He will take part in the Olympic trap men's event and mixed senior competition.

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