McGrath wins International Skeet World Championship
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Former Scholastic Clay Target Program National Champion and Cherokee citizen Jon McGrath won the gold medal at the 2011 NSSA International Skeet World Championship held at the Tulsa Gun Club in mid October.
The NSSA is the National Skeet Shooting Association based in San Antonio, Texas.
McGrath, 19, a graduate of Bishop Kelley High School, is a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. He started shooting skeet at his first Boy Scout summer camp when he was 11.
McGrath is a member of the USA Shooting National Team. This past March he won the gold medal for the U.S. at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
This is McGrath’s second time to win the NSSA International Skeet World Championship. In 2009, McGrath established two new world records at the NSSA competition posting scores of 199 out of 200 and shooting a perfect match final for a combined total score of 224/225.
McGrath now has 20 world titles in American and international skeet shooting.
He is a member of the USA Team and represented the U.S. at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Championship in September in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program that has nurtured McGrath’s skills is the official youth development clay target program for USA Shooting, the national governing body for Olympic shooting sports in the U.S.
SCTP is a youth development program where adult coaches and volunteers model sportsmanship, responsibility, honesty, ethics, integrity, and team work while using shooting sports programs to teach these and other positive life skills to SCTP athletes.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation is responsible for all aspects of the SCTP across the U.S., including participant registration, coaches, state coordinators, state and national championships, promotion, public relations and fund raising and other resources for youth development programs in the shooting sports industry.