Father and son from Thame help fire England to shooting glory

Charles (left) and Simon Davidmann
Charles (left) and Simon Davidmann

A sharp-shooting father and son duo from Thame have helped fire England to glory at a home internationals competition in Scotland.

Father Simon and 21-year-old Charles Davidmann were selected to represent their country against Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Northern Ireland in the annual shotgun competition, with their team coming out on top across the juniors, ladies and veterans.

The older Davidmann said it was ‘really usual’ for a father and son to be selected to shoot for their country and, although neither won their individual events, he said it was an exciting experience.

Simon said: “What other sport could a father and son compete together in?

“It surprised us that we both got in.”

Charles, who has represented England and Great Britain 13 times, won the junior competition last year but had to settle for second this time round.

He said: “Though I did not shoot at my best in Scotland this year, I enjoyed the competition.

“As I know from experience you can’t perform all the time and I am pleased to say that it was still a great weekend.

“I look forward to Team Davidmann competing for England again at the home internationals next year.”

Charles first started shooting aged 11 and has been entering competitions since he was 16.

His father, 57, got into the sport when he asked one of Charles’ coaches to give him a few tips and the most recent competition was his third cap.

Simon said: “I had spent years watching him every weekend at coaching and I thought maybe the coach would teach me a few things.

“I had some lessons and it turned out I was quite good.

“It’s always very nerve-racking when you represent your country.

“You’re in your own bubble so you’re not really aware of the people shooting with you because you have to be so focused.

“It was a difficult weekend because neither of us shot as well as we wanted to.”