Clay Pigeon Shooting Commonwealth Games

Aaron Heading


Aaron Heading (born 21 May 1987 in King's Lynn, Norfolk) is a clay-pigeon shooter from Spalding, specialising in the Olympic Trap discipline. He represents England and Great Britain.


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Aaron started shooting when he was 12 years old when his dad duped him into shooting a competition which turned out to be the team selector for Great Britain. That weekend Aaron shot a qualifying score good enough to make him one of the youngest juniors to ever make the British Team.

Aaron then spent most of his education and school years travelling the world in competitions representing England and Great Britain abroad.


Aaron is the only male British shooter to win both the junior and senior World Champion titles in the same year.

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In 2010 Aaron earned selection for the England shooting team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. He won Bronze when competing in the men’s trap pairs, with partner David Kirk, but topped his Bronze with a Gold in the singles event.


After the unexpected death of a very close friend, Aaron secured his place in April 2013 to fly to Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, to represent Team GB for the World Cup. After shooting a fantastic score of 121/125, he tied for 6th place with 7 other athletes for the final. After a 7-way shoot off, Aaron earned his place in the final and won World Cup Gold against Italian's legend Giovanni Peliello.

In 2014 again earned selection for Team England and represented the shooting team in the Glasgow Commonwealth games.

Aaron shot a qualifying score of 119/125 just below Michael Diamonds 120/125 and made his way into another final.

Aaron won the Silver medal against Australia’s Adam Vella in the singles event.


In 2018 again earned selection for Team England and represented the shooting team in the Commonwealth games on the Australian Gold coast, Where he made his way into his third consecutive Commonwealth Games final, coming home with another Silver medal.

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2018 also saw him achieve one of his dreams by achieving the World number one spot in Olympic Trap.


2019 saw the arrival of more successes including Silver at the European Championships and a coveted Olympic Games Quota place.


Aaron has approximately 40 Gold medals ranging from Olympic Trap and Universal Trench for both Team England and Team GB. He has approximately 30 Silver medals and 20 Bronze medals and has a 'wall of fame' at his parent's house in Lincolnshire.


Aaron has competed at the most Great Britain World Cup events internationally and has been the only senior man to shoot 25 straight at every trap ground in England.




You’vebeen hearing from our athlete ambassadors Elinor, Ollie, Lindsay and Sam but we also have athletes within the Dell UK family. One of them is Stacey Francis, who you heard from last week. Another is Andrew Addison, Solutions Engineer, who I recently caught up with to hear about how his journey to Glasgow 2014 is progressing and how he got on at the Qatar Open Grand Prix.

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My role in Dell is part of the Best Value Solutions team, where we deal with Emerging Markets and Multi-Vendor client support calls on laptops and desktops and I’ve been a proud member of the Dell team for over seven years. However, alongside my work, I’m also a Commonwealth Games hopeful in Shooting. I first got into when I went to my dad’s friend’s farm and had a go at shooting clays off their trap. That progressed into a burning passion and since then I have shot every weekend since. For the last 7 years I have been competing in the Olympic Trap discipline of clay pigeon shooting both at an International and World level.

I recently took a trip to Dohar for the Qatar Open Grand Prix following a period of intense GB training camps. Every weekend I practice focusing on blocking out distractions and working within pressure situations. While I may not be able to shoot during the week I do practise my gun mounting, call and visualisation at home so that I am confident when I step out on the range.

When I am on the range with my coach, we record my shooting so we can play it back at slow speed and watch the minute details surrounding my gun mount and what happens at the exact moment I shoot. When at my best, each video can look the same, however, it is the minor variations that can cost me. We also chart my competition results so that we can review the year to see what sort of trend I am on. If I am on a downward trend then we can evaluate what the problem is and see how we can change it around.

Upon arrival in Qatar I took a day to acclimatise before going to the range and getting a sense of the ground and targets. There is always the urge to just get the gun out and shoot but this was the last thing I needed when tired as any shooting I did would have been subpar and could have hindered me in the long run. Training resumed properly over the next few days with my scores varying but being overall consistent.

I went into the first day of competition feeling rested and confident. My first two rounds were ok with definite room for improvement. I had shot a 22/25 and a 23/25 to score 45/50 on day one. Although this seems like a relatively high score it left me in 13th with 49/50 being the highest score of the day. The second day of competition started well with a 24/25 and a 22/25 meaning that I finished the competition on 113/125 which is below my usual performances. I ended up 15th out of 96 competitors.

Over the coming weeks I will review the footage to see if anything was amiss and liaise with my coach to rectify any issues before competing in March. This was a solid performance to start off my bid for a place in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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