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‘Gareth has put our small club on the world map’

Thursday, 26 April 2018

‘Gareth has put our small club on the world map’ thumbnailNorthern Ireland Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Gareth McAuley pictured with his father James and twin brother Stephen. All three are members of Route Gun Club. WK17-40TMSP

SKEET shooter Gareth McAuley might have won a bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this month but he is definitely the golden boy of Route Gun Club - the place where it all began for him.
Last Wednesday evening more than thirty members organised a special homecoming party for the twenty five-year-old who now has his sights firmly set on securing a place on the Team GB squad for the Olympics in 2020.
Performing on the international stage for the first time against professional shooters and those with big-money backing, McAuley defied the odds on the Gold Coast to reach the men's skeet final and come away with a medal. He hit 45 of his 50 targets in a tense decider to finish behind Wales' Ben Llewellin and Cypriot Georgios Achilleos.
Yet despite the magnitude of his
achievement - and the fact he has done his chances of going to Toyko no harm whatsoever - McAuley is as modest as ever.
“It definitely won't change me in any way," he told Chronicle Sport.
“Work, family and skeet shooting is what my life revolves around and I am happy for things to continue like that."

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