MICHAEL Gilligan will be cheered on by ‘Team Mikey’ when he takes part in the Commonwealth Games next month.
The Doveridge Clays Sports Club star is part of England’s 11-strong clay target shooting team for the 2014 games in Glasgow, and says he is confident of bringing a medal back to Derbyshire.
He said: “Being selected to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games is a massive honour for me after all the year’s hard work I have put in.
“I am going to Glasgow confident of coming away with a medal.”
And Gilligan will be well supported in Glasgow by his family, including grandmother Glenis Woodhouse, who has been championing her grandson since he took up the sport at the age of 13.
She said: “We are all just so, so proud of Michael.
“There are eight of us going to Glasgow - we had booked our hotel before we even knew he was definitely going.
“We’ll be there – Team Mikey we’re calling ourselves – cheering him on.
“Michael got into shooting by accident, really, when his friend asked him to tag along.
“They went up to Doveridge, to the shooting ground there, and was then taken under the wing of coach Steve Bramley ever since.
“Steve’s son, Clive Bramley, competed at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
“His mum, Joanne Gilligan, has been an absolute rock throughout his shooting career.
“She’ll be in Glasgow with us watching Michael. We’re not worrying about where he finishes, we’re just so pleased that he has been selected for the Commonwealth Games squad.”
Team England Chef de Mission Jan Paterson is delighted with the selection made for the Games.
She said: “This group of athletes completes our shooting squad and I’d like to welcome them all to Team England.
“They’re a hugely talented group of athletes who are committed to playing their part in our success in Glasgow.”