From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
-- Half of the 2011 Junior Olympic Shotgun Team is from Arkansas.
Those five also are current or recent members of teams that compete in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program, created and managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The announcement came in late January from USA Shooting, the governing body of Olympic shooting events.
"This is a great honor for student athletes involved in the sport of trap shooting, and is the first stage on the road to achieving an Olympic dream," said Chuck Woodson, AYSSP coordinator. "There are only 10 spots available for this prestigious team and it's filled from elite competitors across the United States."
The five Arkansans are Haley Colbert of Texarkana, Hunter Gallant of Cord, Josh Hall of Mount Ida, Austin Odom of Benton and Wesley Wilcox of Greenbrier.
Bret Erickson, coach of the team, sent Woodson a letter congratulating him for the success of AYSSP and pointing out that half the team is from Arkansas.
"It shows what a quality program you are running," Erickson wrote. "We look forward to a great and continued relationship with the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program."