At long last, trap shooting in Utah is starting to get underway for the season! Wouldn’t you know it, the first day of spring felt more like the first day of winter! We had a blizzard here in Salt Lake City. Springtime in Utah never really happens, except on the calendar. The weather pretty much turns from winter to summer about June 1. I always say that as soon as Memorial Day weekend is over, the weather in Utah gets nice.
Junior Gold All American Zach Foster contacted me recently wanting to resurrect the AIM youth program in Utah. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it is an acronym for Academics, Integrity, and Marksmanship. It is a great program to get young people involved in ATA trapshooting. There is not a minimum age for an AIM shooter, but the maximum is 22, the cut-off for the Junior Gold category.
For those of you who do not know Zach, he is a very nice young man and is a very accomplished shooter. Zach is in his second year at Utah State University where he is studying to be a mechanical engineer. Zach told me that besides shooting, he has a variety of other hobbies. He enjoys bowling, woodworking, and high powered-rocketry.
He first started trapshooting when he was 12. His grandpa would take him to Spanish Fork Gun Club every Wednesday to shoot a few rounds of trap. In 2014, he joined the ATA and has been competing ever since.
He has had a lot of success competing in the last few years, and some of his greatest accomplishments are as follows:
Utah State Trap Association Junior Team in 2018 and 2019.
Utah State Trap Association Junior Singles Champion in 2018.
Western Zone Junior Singles Champion in 2019.
Western Zone Junior Gold Doubles and Handicap Champion in 2020.
Utah State Trap Association Men’s First Team in 2020.
All-American Junior Gold Second Team in 2021.
He adds, “I love trapshooting, and I have met many of my closest friends on the range, as well as some of the greatest teachers I have ever met in my life.”
Zach ended our chat by saying, “I volunteered to be the Utah Aim Coordinator because I wanted to help the next generation of shooters who, like so many others, helped me get to where I am today. I believe that the AIM Program is an excellent way for young shooters to get acquainted with the sport. It also provides a good platform for young shooters to get started in ATA competitions. I feel very privileged to hold this position, and I am looking forward to helping the Utah AIM Program grow over the next few years.”
All I can say to Zach is kudos to you and thanks very much.
Any young shooters looking to shoot AIM, or find out more about the program, let me know and I can put you in touch with Zack.