Walkerton skeet shooter Brooks competes in USA Olympic Trials

WALKERTON — Tanner Brooks of Walkerton recently competed in the 2012 USA Shooting Olympic Trials in Kerrville, Texas. 
Brooks, an International Skeet shooter, finished in the top 10 in the first leg of the Olympic trials by shooting a 235/250. This event is the first of two tournaments to determine the USA Olympic representatives for International Skeet for the 2012 Olympic Games to be held in London. 
This first leg of Olympic Trials was held Sept. 30 through Aug. 2 at Hill County Shooting Sports Center in Kerrville and featured some of the nation’s top shooters, including the 2008 Olympic Men’s Gold Medalist, Vincent Hancock. Other competitors consisted of USA National Team and USA Junior Olympic Team members, who are all seeking a spot on the 2012 USA Olympic Team. Brooks is currently tied with Sean McLelland, who was a USA team member at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
The second leg of the Olympic Trials will be held in May, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz., where Tanner will again have the opportunity to shoot against the nation’s best shooters. He will be working hard getting ready for this event. He currently practices three to four times per week at Kosko Conservation Club in Warsaw.
International or Olympic Skeet, is similar to the more familiar American Skeet. However, in International Skeet, the shooter starts with an un-mounted gun, the target flies faster, and the target is thrown with a variable zero- to three-second delay after the target is called for. These primary differences make the game of International Skeet considerably more challenging.  
Brooks is the son of Denise and Gary Brooks of Walkerton and the grandson of Bonnie M. Sullivan of North Liberty. He is currently attending Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, studying Political Science and Pre-Law.
For more information about Tanner or USA Shooting, visit www.usashooting.com or e-mail dlbdrive@yahoo.com for updates.

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