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Hungary, Italy and France are the most successful teams in Innsbruck, Austria

12 teams from the West Region were entered to the 10th edition of SIUS European Youth League. After the elimination period, earlier this year, 10 teams were eligible to take part in the Qualification in Austria.

40 young athletes (21 girls and 19 boys) from 6 nations travelled to Innsbruck in Austria together with their coaches to compete in four matches each during the week-end 8-10 June 2018. The Rifle teams came from Austria, France, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia and the pistol team from Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia.

Excellent competition for the Hungarian Rifle team was winning the 4 matches. They will be accompanied by Italy to the Final in Finland. The Italian athletes won 3 matches.

For Pistol competition, Italy won 4 matches and France 2 matches which qualified them both to the Final in Finland. The French athletes won 2 matches, like the team from Czech Republic. The French team had however managed to gather more match points.

The Austrian Shooting Sport Federation and Innsbruck shooting range for the third time proved to be very experienced organizer. We all enjoyed a wonderful view on the Alpen mountains and the sunny weather. The hospitality was just as warm and welcoming. All teams stayed in the hotel Gasthof Purner in Thaur. The Saturday night banquet was held in Innsbruck with archery activities and a walk in the dark to feel the sensation of being visually impaired.

On behalf of the ESC Presidium I would like to express my warm thanks and appreciation to the Competition Manager Christian Kramer and Margit Melmer for excellent preparation.

It was a great pleasure for me to follow the exciting competitions during the week-end and I would like to congratulate all athletes. Not only those who can now look forward to the Final in Kisakallio in Finland. In fact, all participants deserve our appreciation – for excellent performance in friendship and fair play.

Ghislaine Briez

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