Chris Darvell - Obituary

Chris Darvell 1953 - 2020

It is with regret that we report the passing of Chris Darvell on December 21st 2020.

Chris was a dedicated and passionate trap shooter who has been part of the international trap shooting scene for nearly fifty years.

Chris first appeared in the CPSA averages in 1970 shooting just 50 registered DTL targets. For the next couple of years he persevered with DTL, shooting an increasing number of targets and even having a go at English Skeet and English sporting.

In 1973 he dipped his toe into the waters of Olympic and Universal trap. From then on these became his principal disciplines and for many years he attended most of the Grand Prix and GB selection shoots in both disciplines. In 1980 he made the Great Britain Universal Trap Team for the Grand Mondial(forerunner of the World Championships) in Montecatini.

He continued to compete strongly in GB selection shoots in both international trapshooting disciplines and this dedication culminated in a team bronze medal in the Veterans event at the 2010 World UT Championships in Rome. Shooting was a very important part of Chris’s life and his interest and excitement for the sport never wavered despite recent health problems.

Chris was a great supporter of BICTSF and was a constant presence at all its AGMs.

Sadly illness restricted the amount of shooting Chris was able to do over the last few years but he never lost his enthusiasm for the sport. He bore a serious illness bravely, supported throughout by his wife Olivia. Chris was a gentleman in the true meaning of the word and will be sorely missed by his many shooting friends. Our thoughts are with Olivia at this sad time.

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