Rockford Senior impresses in International Skeet and Trap competitions

Chris Freeman, left, shaking hands with competitor

By Zoë Newmann

One Rockford Senior will amaze you with his success. Chris Freeman is not only a  international skeet participant but a Bronze medalist in the USA Team Selection Match.

Chris Freeman participates in Ram Nitro, a newly developed skeet team for Rockford High School. They practice at the Sportmans Club in Rockford. Chris has an older brother Mathew and a younger sister Ava. Chris’s parents are Kevin and Mary.

“There is a lot of competitiveness and it is a very safe sport which involves a lot of thinking,” Mary said. “Ava his nine year old sister is learning how to shoot.”

Chris prepares to fire during competition at the Olympic Shooting Facility in Colorado Springs

Skeet is a recreational and competitive activity where participants shoot at clay targets and compete with others and themselves throughout the skeet course. The objects at Chris Freeman’s level however, move.

Chris is a part of team USA’s junior skeet team because of receiving his bronze. He will now be allowed back on the Olympic training site in Colorado whenever he desires to shoot and enjoy the beautiful facilities.

“Everything is private there and very few people get to see it,” Chris said. “You do not have to worry about anything there and they do everything for you.”

Chris could possibly participate at the college level is he desires. But Chris’s favorite part is not the metals or offers from colleges. His favorite thing about skeet is that it has allowed him to travel the nation and compete with the best skeet competitors in the World.

“The international skeet and trap competition is a great opportunity for our shooting athletes to test their skills at the highest level. If our kids do well here, they have really accomplished something,” Kevin said. “It amazing how important the mental management aspect of the game is, it’s hard enough to do well in the regular qualification rounds, but to excel in the Finals round when the competitors go head-head, is a test of not only the competitors skills, but their mental discipline.”

For the 2019 competition that will be held in July at the Olympic training center, the Rockford team is hoping to return with a full squad to compete in the Skeet and Trap disciplines.

When engaging doubles targets in International skeet, the competitors will sometimes shoot two targets traveling at 70 mph in opposite directions.

The citizens of Rockford have a bronze medal winner. Chris Freeman is hoping to make this year better than his last during his Ram Nitro and international skeet team.