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Glasgow-bound Mike Gilligan is backed by Doveridge club ahead of Commonwealth Games

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DOVERIDGE Clay Sports Club are backing their star Mike Gilligan to go all the way at the Commonwealth Games this month after watching his progress over the last 12 years.

Gilligan, who turned 25 last week, is part of England’s 11-strong clay target shooting team for the 2014 games in Glasgow, and member Sue Bramley says everyone at the club is confident he can bring a medal back to Derbyshire.

She said: “Mikey has been shooting since he was 13 and had his very first lesson here at Doveridge.

“After competing and succeeding for a couple of years shooting English skeet, he moved onto Olympic skeet and is coached by my husband.

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“We of course wish him all the best for Glasgow 2014 – we are sure he will make us proud.”

Gilligan won a silver medal at the world cup in Acapulco after shooting off against Olympic medallist Vincent Hancock.

In 2013 he also became the first person to win all four major UK Championships in the same year and is ranked number one in Great Britain after recently finishing eighth in the European Championships.

Gilligan said: “Being selected to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games is a massive honour for me after all the years’ hard work I have put in.

“I am going to Glasgow confident of coming away with a medal.”

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