Croydon man shooting for gold at Commonwealth Games 2018

A Croydon man will compete in his third Commonwealth Games next year after being called up to the Team England shooting team.

Ken Parr, of Thornton Heath , has been successful in the previous competitions having medalled both times.

However, at next years’ Commonwealth Games in Australia, he is striving to go one better and claim gold.

He said: “Previously I’ve won two silver medals and a bronze so I’m really looking forward to hopefully complete the set and win a gold.

“At the moment I’m training hard and looking forward to the next few months now that my selection is confirmed for the Games.”

The experienced shooter, 28, secured two silver medals in Delhi in 2010 before winning bronze in Glasgow four years later.

Leader of Team England’s shooting team, Christian Schofield, said: “The team members have come through a tough selection process and thoroughly deserve their place in what looks to be a very capable shooting team.

“We will now begin the hard work of training for the Games in the hope of making everyone in England proud of our endeavours. Congratulations to those athletes selected and thank you to you and your coaches for the hard work and commitment getting to this stage.”

Team England will have to shoot distances of 10m to almost 1km on the Gold Coast in Australia next year.

Parr will once again follow in his dad’s footsteps after Ken Parr Senior won Commonwealth medals in 1998.

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