Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 World FITASC Photos & Results

32nd World FITASC Sporting Championship

15th – 18th July 2010

Laterina (Arezzo) - Italy

A.S.D. Laterina

Photos & Results


- Sporting Life -

George Digweed achieved his goal of winning a world title in four different decades by claiming gold at the Italian Grand Prix in Laterina at the weekend.

The Hastings-based shooter, 46, hit a superb 197/200 total over the four-day tournament, beating fellow Brit Ben Husthwaite (195/200) into second and American Anthony Matarese (192/200) who was third.

He has now won a world title in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and now 2010, leaving Italy happy at having achieved the ambition he has worked towards for so long.

"My long-term goal has always been to try and win a world championship in four different decades," he explained. "I've had that goal for the last 2-3 years, along with trying to maintain my position within the sport and being competitive at a world level - which I've managed to do.

"Obviously the new decade started this year, and I wanted to win one more world title so I earned the enviable achievement in sport of having won the world championship as a senior in four different decades. Now I've done that, I'm very happy."

Despite his amazing achievement Digweed remains modest, insisting that serendipity played a part in the fine form he showed in Italy, where he shot a perfect 100/100 over the first two days.

"At certain times in your life things just go right," he said. "You can never get your timings absolutely spot on and have everything go right every time you go out.

"You try to give yourself every opportunity every time you go out to get it right, but there's certain times in everybody's career where it just slots into place and you have one of those red-letter shoots, so to speak.

"It's the same as somebody playing unbelievable tennis at Wimbledon one year and then not necessarily doing it again. It's just one of those times where everything came together."

Such modesty has not impacted upon his desire though. George is as hungry for success now as ever and he's still looking for further glory.

"I'm a very competitive person and as long as I feel I can compete at an international level I intend to - and that will not abate at all," he added.

"Going forward I hope that I can recreate the level that I got to this weekend in some shape or form. And I intend to keep going for as long as I can."

Friday, July 02, 2010

Jim Chapman in Passing

Jim Chapman in Passing

Vermont --( The great American social reformer Norman Thomas once said, “The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.” It is hard not to read these words and think of the late Jim Chapman.

For those not fortunate enough to know him they missed one of the men who some say had the most significant impact on the sporting world in Vermont in the modern era. Among other things he was a hunter education instructor, women’s program pioneer, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs (in fact he held every position there), and a devoted mentor and teacher.

The friends and family of Outdoors Magazine know his loss will be felt across the Vermont sporting landscape. They also know his values and accomplishments should live on.

To help preserve his legacy, Outdoors asked some of Jim’s friends and colleagues to share their thoughts about him. By doing so, it is hoped that even in passing, Jim’s example will shine and inspire future generations.

“I have extremely fond memories of Jim, dating all the way back to 1982 when I started with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. His warm, friendly smile, along with a genuine welcoming handshake will always remain etched in my mind. Jim was a true advocate of our youth and sportsmen. At many meetings throughout the past three decades, the state of Vermont could count on Jim’s support and leadership to ensure that every kid in the state of Vermont had a chance to attend the Green Mountain Conservation Camps and hunter education class. The Department’s tremendous summer kid’s camp carries national recognition today, much of that credit goes to the support of Jim and his fellow sportsmen. His quiet, yet effective and respected leadership will never be forgotten.

My sincere sympathies and prayers are with Jim and his family at this time.”

-Mark E. Scott, CWB
Director of Wildlife
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

“In December of 2005 I was at the Vermont Air National Guard hanger at the Burlington Airport for the return of my son from his first deployment. Jim Chapman was there working with the Vermont State Guard.

This was so typical of the way Jim Chapman lived his life. It was late on a cold Friday night, the flight my son was on was late. Jim was no youngster but there he was, as always, giving of his time to serve others.

Whether coaching a novice shooter, working a gun show, helping with the Friends of NRA to raise funds for Vermonter shooters, holding numerous offices with the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, serving with the Vermont State Guard or one of the numerous other groups, Jim always made his knowledge and experience available to our community.

My daughter, a military journalist for the Vermont Army National Guard, was on duty that night and she snapped a picture of Jim and me with our arms over each other’s shoulders, laughing. I am in hopes that somewhere she has that picture, for I want to have a copy of it. A photo of a happy moment with a man who was the definition of the terms ‘great guy’ and a good friend.”

-Evan Hughes
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen

“The best any of us can do is to leave people better off for having known us. In extraordinary cases a rare individual touches just not individuals, but entire communities, even a whole state. We all know Jim was this sort of rare man and extraordinary example. To say that he will be missed is an understatement, but we all know Jim will always be with us living on in the smiles and helping hand of a good friend, mentor, or neighbor. God bless his family; thank you for having shared Jim with us. We are all certainly better off for having known and worked with him—I know I am.

Thank you, Jim. Pull!”

-James Ehlers,
Executive Director
Lake Champlain International, Inc.

“Jim was a mild-mannered and kind-hearted soul who taught a lot of people how to shoot a shotgun. He even showed a stubborn bird hunter like me a few things. Jim was a patient and kind teacher of the shooting sports. It didn’t seem to matter if you were a child picking up a gun for the first time, or an experienced crack shot – Jim was nice to everyone. He was a life-long supporter of our hunting heritage in Vermont and he will be sorely missed.”

-John Gobeille
Wildlife Biologist
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

“Some say he was born with a shotgun in one hand and raffle tickets in another. A hunter and angler from day one, he began shooting skeet and trap in 1963 and since then has volunteered countless hours to numerous sporting clubs and organizations. A generous man, who is known for pulling sportsmen and women together in tough times, to reach common goals.

His years of mentoring and teaching has touched thousands, making him a pillar in Vermont’s sporting community.

Having shot over 69,000 registered skeet in competition, trap and skeet in heaven should be very worried.

Cheers Jim! Thank you! We’ll miss you.”

Frank Stanley
Vermont Traditions Coalition


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