COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Silver for South Lincs shooter on the Gold Coast

Silver medallist Aaron Heading ( left) with gold medallist  Michael Wixey of Wales (centre) and bronze medallist  Brian Galea of Malta (right). Picture: AP Photo/Tertius Pickard
Silver medallist Aaron Heading ( left) with gold medallist Michael Wixey of Wales (centre) and bronze medallist Brian Galea of Malta (right). Picture: AP Photo/Tertius Pickard
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Long Sutton shooter Aaron Heading collected a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia today (April 14).

The 30-year-old, who was representing England, was beaten by Welshman Michael Wixey in Brisbane in the final of the men’s trap. Wixey claimed a Games record score of 46, three more than Heading.

It’s a fourth Commonwealth Games medal for Heading who won gold and silver in Delhi in 2010 and silver in Glasgow in 2014.

Heading said: “I feel amazing, because the last Commonwealth Games I got silver there and then two weeks after that I came off a motorbike and nearly lost my leg. It’s been a hard road to come back again, to leave where I was four years ago was absolutely brilliant. I’m over the moon, that was a hard four years.

“After this I’m flying out to Korea for a World Cup there and see if we can pick up some silverware there.

“I was very lucky that I came here in October for the Test event, and that was a really good event, I had to come back. The atmosphere, the people, the game-shapers - everyone is so friendly and made us feel so welcome.”