12th June 2002




A Lincoln student has shot to the top by winning the Royal Air Force Individual Ladies Trophy for rifle shooting.


Sally Botten, a University of Lincoln student who is also a senior aircraftwoman in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, has been shooting the 5.56mm SA-80 rifle for only three years. 


In order to win the Individual Ladies Trophy, Sally (21) of Yarborough Road had to fire at targets from distances ranging up to 300 metres.  The competition was won on points per shot whilst shooting from sitting, standing, kneeling and prone positions.


The competition was one of many which took place during a one-week period at Bisley rifle range near Guildford.


Sally’s team - 2503 Royal Auxiliary Air Force Regiment based at RAF Waddington -  won the Whitehead Cup after competing against nine other teams from as far afield as Lossiemouth in Scotland and St Mawgan in Cornwall.


The team also came third overall in the Lloyds Cup. Six of the nine teams were made up from regular serving RAF personnel.


“I am so pleased to have won the ladies’ trophy,” said Sally, who is in the final year of a Psychology and Criminology degree at the university.


“But I am just as delighted for the team to have done so well bearing in mind that we only had minimal training.”


The SA-80 is the semi-automatic and fully-automatic rifle issued to regular service personnel in the British forces.




For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk


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