Did you know that Gwinnett County has six high schools with rifle teams? The following schools offer marksmanship as a sport:
At the high school level, the sport is growing and Gwinnett County is well represented.
Athletes shoot precision air rifles modeled after Olympic-style shooting. The students qualify and compete in the traditional “three position” events – prone, standing, and kneeling. Major Ron Tootle, USMC (Retired), Parkview High School’s rifle team coach, notes that marksmanship training helps develop a number of life skills, including “patience, composure, focus, and how to handle high pressure situation.” In addition, he says, “it shows students that positive actions repeated results in success, and it also promotes a competitive spirit that develops pride and a sense of accomplishment.”
The Georgia High School Association (GHSA.net) Riflery State Championship (presented by the Georgia Army National Guard) for the 2013 – 2014 school year will be held April 12, 2014 at the Pool International Shooting Complex at Fort Benning.