After five weeks of tough competition of shooting on both the National and World stage at Camp Perry, Ohio, Corcoran resident Justin George has returned with some precious hardware.
Justin first competed in the US National Rifle Championships which were held July 13-Aug. 6 at Camp Perry. He then moved on to the World Rifle Championships which were held Aug. 7-14 also at Camp Perry.
At nationals, Justin made it through the Civilian Marksmanship Program and placed 44th out of 1,000 competitors in the President 100 and won the Deneke National Trophy. The Deneke National Trophy is awarded to the top Junior Shooter out of the National Trophy Team, National Trophy Individual and the President 100 matches.
At the World championships, Justin went into the match using what he learned at Corcoran High School: Never give up and do your best. He competed with world class shooters from other countries. After shooting at 800 yards and scoring a 75 out of 75 with eight center shoots he was in 181st place. The competition was that tough.
They then moved the competition back to the 900 yard line and again he scored a 75 out of 75 with eight center shots. That moved him to 81st place.
The shooters then moved back to the 1,000 yard line and had to compete in high winds. Justin shot a 73 out of 75 with 10 centers shots. That awesome performance earned him a Silver Medal at the World Rifle Championships!
Justin, 16, is the son of Maria and Jimmy George of Corcoran. He also said he was grateful for the support shown to him by his hometown of Corcoran. Justin is a member of the California Grizzlies Rifle Team and the USA Young Eagles Rifle Team. He is a student at Corcoran High School and was a member of the Valley champion football team.