NRA Destroys Olympic Hopeful Dreams

NRA CEO Andrew Mercer destroys Olympic hopeful dreams of pistol shooters by pricing them out of their range. Aren’t the NRA supposed to support & encourage these athletes? In the past GP Pistol have won two Olympic team medals.

Instead of recognizing and supporting GB Olympic hopeful dreams, NRA CEO Andrew Mercer destroys them by pricing athletes out of NRA ranges. These are British athletes at the peak of their sport working hard trying to represent Great Britain in the upcoming Olympics. How is the NRA, a registered Charity whose Patron is The Queen and President Prince Charles, not holding the NRA Chairman and Trustees accountable for the CEO’s actions? We imagine this is something the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport would want to investigate…

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held in the NRA Pavilion, Bisley on Saturday 25th May 2019 at 18.00

Present: Chairman Mr JGM Webster, Treasurer Mr A Reynolds, Trustee Mr D Lacey, Chief Executive Mr A Mercer, Members 55 Registered Members – page 38

“I did a PB in Seoul 88, missing the final (the top eight) by 3 places. It was impossible from 1997 for 10 years due to the handgun ban. We now have two very good rapidfire shooters, either of whom could get a Quota place for Tokyo, And some extremely good youngsters who could be our future for Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028. The Home Office only allow us to have a maximum of 25 ‘section 5’ shooters and they may ONLY shoot at Bisley – no other ranges. We are also very selective (standards) , so there are rarely more than six or eight at any one time on Cheylesmore. They get no funding from British Shooting so the extortionate cost for hiring the range (considering the Army paid for half of the electronic targets) seriously affects their training. They are certainly not doing it for fun. Personally, it costs me thousands of pounds a year to coach as I can’t pass any costs on to the athletes (either at home training or overseas matches). I also had no funding during the ten years I competed for Great Britain”.

Quote from Margaret Thomas January 2020.

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