The son of a Specsavers Newbury optician has returned from the USA as the new World Champion of the Under 25 Long Range Shooting competition.

World shooting championships in Camp Perry

Gary Alexander, store director at Specsavers in Newbury was given the opportunity to manage the Under 25 and Under 21 teams at the International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations (I.C.F.R.A) World Championships in Camp Perry and took his son, Jack with him as part of the team.

With his father at hand to give him guidance and ensure his sight was in top condition, Jack won the World Championships in a very strong field of the best shots in the world, over a course of three days at 800, 900 and 1,000 yards.

Effective eyecare for shooters

Gary says: ‘I’ve been a shooter for Great Britain and coach for many years, specialising in the visual correction of shooter’s eyesight.

‘The shooter’s sight picture in Camp Perry is renowned for its difficulty, so it was vital for Jack and the shooters to have effective eyecare so they could perform to the best of their ability. I’m so proud that I can call my son a world champion – we’re already looking ahead to the next Commonwealth Games in Australia. We can’t wait for the next challenge!’

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