Free sporting clay clinic for women, kids
LITHIA - The guns, the ear protection and the eye protection are all there. All that is needed is volunteers ready to aim and fire. Roger Gascoigne, a certified coach with the British Clay Pigeon Shooting Association and a member of the Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors, will run a clinic to teach shooting clays to women and children. And it's free of charge Sunday at FishHawk Sporting Clays, 13505 Hobson Simmons Road, Lithia."The purpose of the clinic is to introduce women and youngsters to clay shooting sports, to teach safety and to develop basic techniques," Gascoigne said. "It is difficult for a woman to get introduced to a shooting sport. Since about 1986, we started doing clinics in France, then in Chicago and Florida. My wife, Cathy Gascoigne, she was the sporting clays champion of Illinois when we lived in Chicago." There is no charge for use of the equipment or the instruction. Those costs are absorbed by the club. But reservations are required because space is limited to 20. Call (813) 689-0490 to make a reservation. Youngsters need to be at least 80 pounds to be able to handle a shotgun, Gascoigne said. "One of the things we found is there are an awful lot of women who are single parents who would like to introduce their children to shooting sports but don't know where to turn," Gascoigne said. "We just wanted to give back to the sport in general."
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