Local Derby lad Michael Gilligan aged 23 has spent the last 10 years shooting. He started beating pheasants with his mates then eventually bought his own gun. He first shot English Skeet, Sporting and DTL before moving onto Olympic Skeet.
Michael initially qualified for the GB team back in 2005, he won the European Championship Individual Bronze and his team won Gold, whilst also setting a new world record of 354/375.
In 2007, Michael shot the first straight 100 for a UK shooter in the Home International Olympic Skeet Competition (4 rounds over 1 day event), he still holds this record today. Also in 2007 he won a gold medal at the Australian Youth Olympic festival.
In 2009, Michael won the UK Championships.
In 2010 he won the British Grand Prix as well as the GB and European Championships.
In 2013 he won silver at the 2013 Mexico world cup in Acapulco, second to double Olympic Gold medallist and World Record holder Vincent Hancock.
With the next Olympics already in mind ensuring qualification for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 is Michael's priority.
Michael is a great shooter with much more to prove and strives to continue improving his skills. Working at Doveridge Shooting Ground means he can practise whenever the weather allows and has decided to compliment his current training regime with DryFire. Michael has open access to use the DryFire system at Park Hill and will work with the DryFire team with testing new software.
Michael is currently looking for sponsorship to support his drive to becoming an Olympic Gold Medallist, Doveridge Shooting Ground currently provide some sponsorship but to support his ambition Michael needs more. Travelling and accommodation to participate in competitions and purchasing equipment is very expensive.
I am sure there are more local Derbyshire companies willing to support a talented sportsman and potential Olympic Gold Medallist in a great British sport.
Please contact Michael directly if you would like to help him with his journey.