14-year-old Michael Cross, one of the latest recruits to Creechurch Capital’s Sports Academy programme, has experienced a stellar season in competitions both on and off the Island.
Competing at the English Skeet Open in May, held in Derbyshire, Michael scooped the bronze medal in the Colts class and came joint 14th out of 69 competitors in the B class.
During the summer season, Michael competed in the Island Games in July in the Olympic Skeet category, securing fourth place in the team event and finishing 13th overall out of a total of 20 shooters.
Back on the Isle of Man, Michael gave a stunning performance at this year’s Manx Championships in the junior division. Overall he secured first place in the Automatic Ball Trap, first place in the Sport Trap and second place in the All Round category – making it Michael’s best performance yet in this competition.
Michael beat chairman of the Isle of Man Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, Peter Kelly, in a shoot off to take first place in the B Class in the English Skeet League. Cross also finished sixth in the club’s Olympic Skeet League as well as clinching first place in the Junior Club All Round Championship.
Following this impressive performance, Michael has worked his way up the Isle of Man’s rankings and currently sits joint sixth out of 32 in the English Skeet category and fourth out of 11 in the Olympic Skeet category.
Sports Academy ambassador, Stewart Quayle said: “Michael’s performance has been phenomenal this year, we’re extremely proud of the development and progression he has shown. Beating his club’s chairman must have been the cherry on top of a very sweet success and we wish him all the best for the winter season.”
Michael added: “I would like to thank all at Creechurch for the sponsorship this year, it’s given me a fantastic opportunity for which I’m very grateful.”