Heading enjoys moment to savour in Italy

It was a proud day for Aaron Heading as he earned a Tokyo Olympics quota place in front of his family at the shooting European Championships.

A silver medal in the Olympic Trap was enough to ensure that the Lincolnshire shooter confirmed Team GB another spot in Japan next year.

His final score of 44 was enough to see off Italy’s Mauro De Filippis who had to settle for bronze.

It was Croatia’s Jiri Liptak who eventually came out on top of the pack with a score of 46 to secure gold, but that won’t matter to Heading, who was absolutely delighted with the result.

“I’m absolutely over the moon to win a quota place for my country. I've been so close but to finally do it and give something back for my country,” said the 32-year-old.

"After everything shooting has given me, I can now give something back.

“I’d just like to thank my entire support team around me, which is all made possible by the funding I receive from UK Sport and the National Lottery.

“I'd like to first thank my entire family - “Natasha and my son are here today. I’m just so thankful."

Sportsbeat 2019