Clark hits the mark to clinch British title joy

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A Brockdish man is targeting more national glory after capturing a British title at the British Catapulting Championships, writes Tom Wood.

Forty five years after unwrapping his first slingshot for Christmas, Mark Clark fired his way to the 15-metre event of the competition held in Newport, Wales on March 13.

It saw more than 80 of the best shooters in the country compete for three titles, with the 55-year-old going on to strike seven of the 10 targets down plus a smaller target which doubled his score.

Clark, who was competing in the competition for the first time, also made it to the semi-finals of the 10m and 20m disciplines but was knocked out in the last deciding round.

“I went there with nothing, but to come home with a trophy was brilliant,” he said.

“I think the nerves got to me in the other semi-finals.

“In my back garden I can normally hit polo mints from the same distance.”

With one trophy under his belt, he believes he has the momentum going into the UK Championships in Sheffield on April 23.

He added: “The people I was up against I had seen on the internet doing some amazing tricks and now I was beating them.”

Clark described how it all started as a 10-year-old when he unwrapped a 50p slingshot on Christmas Day and he also conceded to enjoying his first experience of competing.

He said: “I tend to pick it up and put it down again over a period of time but I decided I wanted to give competitions a go.

“I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, it felt like a slingshot community.”