Southwell shooting star aiming to make a big mark at London 2012

SOUTHWELL’s Richard Lamb is focused on going for glory at London 2012 in precision target shooting.

The ambitious 40-year-old will know in May if he has done enough to make the Paralympic squad.

Richard has already achieved a memorable best – shooting 600 out of 600 and coming third in a British national competition.

And he says his goal is to repeat that superb score consistently at international level.

Said Richard: “It is a big year ahead and if selected I would feel proud, thankful, and focused on delivering gold for Team GB, and most of all humble to be part of a world-leading team.

“My sister Helen, her husband Malcolm, and my children are big inspirations to me. Most importantly I want to inspire my children to identify what is important to them (their values) and live by them.”

A member of the Royal Ordnance Rifle Club, Nottinghamshire, Richard is aiming to compete in the SH2 10 metre air-rifle Prone and Standing disciplines.

He currently trains during lunchtimes at work and one evening a week at his club, and in the run-up to the Games there will be training sessions at Stoke Mandeville.

As well as perfecting his technique, there is much physical training, around two to four times per week, consisting of cardiovascular and strength training to lower the natural heart rate, and improve all-round match endurance.

He took up the sport relatively late on in his life at 37. Richard was invited to Paralympic GB Talent ID day in London. Since being invited to Stoke Mandeville to train and compete, he hasn’t looked back!

Richard says the current world number oneJames Bevis, Ryan Cockbill, Georgina Callingham and Adam Fontain are all names to watch out for at London 2012 in his discipline.

Nottinghamshire County Council is helping to fund some of our athletes in the county with grants for travel and other costs through its Shining Stars fund.

Coun John Cottee, cabinet member for culture and community at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Now we are in 2012 the Olympics are almost upon us. It is a critical time for our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and we wish athletes such as Richard well in their quest for success this year.”