Matthew Burns

Prestigious Award for Sedbergh Sharpshooter

Year 13 pupil, Daisy Armstrong, has become the first pupil to be awarded the prestigious Sedbergh School brown blazer this year. Daisy has been recognised for her continued success in the sport of target shooting throughout her time at Sedbergh School.

Brown blazers are awarded at the discretion of the Headmaster to those pupils who have displayed true Sedberghian values – resilience, dedication and teamwork – along with outstanding achievement in their chosen field. As well as sporting success, blazers are also rewarded for other areas of School life, such as performing arts, music, art, academia and overall contribution to life at Sedbergh.

I was so shocked! I was not expecting to be awarded a brown blazer. It makes me feel so honoured to be awarded my brown blazer, especially during such difficult times and I can’t wait to celebrate when we all get back to school together.” Said Daisy.

Daisy, who joined Sedbergh School from Mowden Hall, Northumberland, in Year 9, has always enjoyed clay pigeon shooting with her Dad but it wasn’t until she joined Sedbergh where her interest in target shooting developed. There are two indoor rifle ranges at the school, 10m and 25m, which provide all Sedbergh pupils an opportunity to try the sport.

Mrs Hayley Christy, Housemistress of Robertson House, which is Daisy’s usual term time home, has expressed her joy at the latest news.

I could not be prouder of everything Daisy has achieved this far and being awarded the first brown blazer in this most difficult of years, is testament to her commitment and dedication as well as her kind and humble nature.”

“Daisy is a true role model and as Deputy Head of House she is a shining example to younger pupils not just with her shooting but in her approach to her academic studies and school life.”

Throughout her time at Sedbergh School, Daisy has been in the School’s shooting first team every year and in 2018, she was part of the 8-person team that won the National Schools Title at Bisley – the fifth time Sedbergh has won. Daisy’s success continued as she was selected for Great Britain Cadet Rifle Team as an Under-18, and most recently as an Under-19, however the competition was sadly postponed due to Covid-19.

Daisy Armstrong GB U19 Rifle Team
Daisy GB U19 Rifle Team

On announcing Daisy as the latest recipient of a brown blazer, Sedbergh School Headmaster, Mr Dan Harrison, said “We are delighted to award Daisy a brown blazer for her fantastic achievement in shooting during her time here at Sedbergh. She is our first “Brown” of the year and thoroughly deserves this award.

Daisy also has some words of advice for anyone wanting to try target shooting; “Just go for it as you will receive the best coaching you can ever imagine, and everyone is there to support you and help you learn.”

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