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Dan Paxton - President
Anecdotes and Observations from a Sporting Perspective
(Or how I began my journey into Sporting)
Several years ago, my 7th grade niece, Samantha, came home and declared to me and her Dad she had signed up and would be shooting sporting clays for her school…….Although an upland game aficionado and self-proclaimed expert on doves for some 50+ years, and having shot a few rounds of trap and skeet in a previous life, I had no real knowledge of sporting clays…..So along with David, her Dad, we dragged out the old single trap attached to a tire and had at it………We quickly decided that although she could in a short time (maybe a week or two) hit them comin’ and goin’, there was no way to dust (or even chip) a crossing presentation of any kind……….So we then dragged out our 1100’s and tried to show her how the big boys could do it ….with varied success………
We arrived at Live Oak shortly for our first ever tournament with the Youth Shooting Foundation and Samantha had a large following as the only grandchild. We all had no clue of what to expect….We didn’t take a cart or take enough clothes and while finding our way to the first station David confessed that he’d prayed all the way down to Swansea that Samantha would hit at least one bird during the shoot……..
In spite of all our worries on Samantha’s behalf, she only dropped one bird of eight on her first station; prayers were answered obviously as they were all incomers………..And she finished in the high thirties for a big confidence boost and won 3rd as she was shooting in a soft division as an intermediate lady with no other squad members.
After that initiation, and the next shoot looming, David and I and her Granpa elected to go to a “real “ shooting complex and as Clinton was next on the youth docket, we all trekked up to Clinton with our 1100’s in tow……..David purported that he could probably shoot a 90 and I espoused that an 80 would be fine with me………As we completed the course, the score card told that David and I had both shot a 42 and Samantha another 38 and Grandpa lagged in the 20’s……….So much for a promising sporting career….
But even though that was not a promising start to our sporting journey, we did pick up a few things along the way! One is that you’re never too young or too old to learn another life skill….Two is that in order to teach someone to do something, you have to know how to do it at least a little yourself………You don’t have to be an All American……but you do have to have an interest in learning more in order to bequeath it to someone……..Kids trust that adults are telling them the right ways to get better! (and Samantha tolerated being the guinea pig for fledgling coaches in the making) Lastly we learned that shooting and teaching precocious kids a shooting/life skill is contagious and life altering and certainly al lot better that cheerleading, and dance recitals for old country boys like us……….
David and I are now Level One and Level Two certified NSCA instructors and also 4h and SCTP certified. We get a lot of personal reward teaching our team of kids or any kid who has a passion for the shooting sports……….Samantha is a Senior this year with a lot of trophies and many, many, friends along the way! We are probably financially poorer from all this but richer than you can imagine in memories of the clays and dove shoots and kids laughter and smiling faces………..Hope to see you at the next circuit shoot!
Patrick McClendon - Vice President
I was introduced to the sport through a work fun event invitation. My first trip was to Harris Springs. In hindsight it was not an overly difficult course, but I did not know this it at the time. Anyway, I shot pretty well and seeing the little orange targets burst into a million pieces had me hooked. I started shooting more often at Clinton House. It was so much fun that I had to share the experience with my friends. I started making my birthday an annual event with my high school and college friends to spend the night at Clinton House to enjoy old stories of our glory years and relive the memories. Sporting Clays gave us a reason to re-connect and share a bond that no other sport has allowed me to have. This is the main reason I love the sport as much as I do. It allows us to reconnect to each other in a world that is all too busy. I hope that you will join the sporting clays journey too.
Frank Watson - Delegate at Large
I like so many had grown up on a farm and shooting and guns were just part of our upbringing. I have been an active waterfowler and big game hunter for my entire life and had decided to go to my local club during the off season to become a better wing shot. After meeting so many great people at Rocky Creek I thought that shooting in a tournament was a good idea. That was in 2013 when the Regionals were at Rocky Creek, and I was shocked to see so many shooters. I shot in one event and was hooked.
Like most people, I enjoy the competition and being able to visit the great clubs around our state. But the reason I will continue to shoot is because of the lifelong friends I have made and the great comradery the association offers.
When I am not shooting I am usually at work in the moving and storage business, traveling with my wife Kristen, or hunting in the Midwest.
Jessica Knox - Youth Representative
My name is Jessica Knox, and this year I am a senior at Belton-Honea Path High School. I am active in my school’s FFA and serve as my chapter’s Reporter. I am a member of the National Beta Club and National Honor Society, I have a love for art which takes up a lot of my free time, and I am also an avid sports fan. Shooting sports and paleontology are my two biggest loves though, and I want to have a life where I can enjoy both. I am hoping to shoot collegiately while pursuing a Geology degree.
Thanks to my dad, I grew up with guns. Before getting in to sporting clays, I was a part of the Belton Gun Club’s youth bb gun team. After I had received my distinguished expert in the sport, I decided to try shotgun, when the club started up a team. During my first few years of shooting, all my sporting clays practice had either been at competitions or at the club’s five stand because at the time my club did not have a clays course. I am very active in the various youth shooting organizations, and have been competing in the multiple areas of shooting for about five years now. I have been honored to have represented South Carolina at the 4-H National Championship, and I am fortunate to have been selected for this year’s SCYSF Ladies All-State Team. I have met some of my best friends through this sport, as well as my amazing coach and just some all-around great people, and I am looking forward to meeting many more as the SCSCA Youth Representative.
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