In May this year, Jonathan Williams and Luke Murray from Mid Wales Shooting Centre persuaded Rhys to try a Trap gun and shortly afterwards, he bought a Browning Ultra XTR.
A few more practice rounds and some persuasion from Luke and Rhys entered his first DTL competition in July and scored 94/282 and then 92/272 the following day at the Welsh Grand Prix.
A busy summer working for a baling contractor made more shoots impossible as was gaining a registered classification-but shooting at the last Powys qualifier, he shot a 96/281.
Going into Day 1 of the Gamebore DTL Grand Prix with little expectations, Rhys shot his first 100, scoring 100/296!!
On Day 2, Rhys’ busy schedule meant he could only shoot 50 targets before having to drive to Aberystwyth where he plays for the West Coast Warriors in Division 3 of the National Wheelchair Basketball League-before then driving back and shooting his remaining 50 targets and ending on a 98/292 which placed him 41 st overall in the AA classifications on his 3rd registered shoot.
For giving up her weekends to follow him around the country, Rhys is thankful for the support of his partner Helen.
Also thanking Jonathan, Lisa, Arthur, Luke and the team at Mid Wales Shooting Centre for their help and giving him the confidence to take up competitive shooting, Rhys’ hopes for the future are to shoot consistently, hopefully secure some sponsorship and make the most of the opportunities given to him.
We at DTL News wish this young man success in the future and we’ll be keeping an eye out for him.