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Local Cool Kids: Matt Mitchell and Ainsley Harrington

Two Mid-South teens are shooting stars.
Local Cool Kids: Matt Mitchell and Ainsley Harrington

After spending some of their summer break competing in national championships and junior Olympics competitions, in just a few days, two Mid-South teens are getting ready for another shooting competition in Texas.

In just a few years, Matt Mitchell and Ainsley Harrington have become shooting stars, competing all over the country, in the sport of Trap and Skeet shooting. 

The two teens had a busy summer. 
They recently returned from the National Junior Olympics and the USA Shooting Mixed Team selection match in Colorado Springs. 
Matt and Ainsley are passionate about the sport.
“I’m newly home-schooled, just so I can travel and shoot,” said Ainsley Harrington. “So this can be my second focus as well as academics.”

Matt and Ainsley spend their days, sometimes twice a day, at Shelby Farms park practicing for hours using a wobble trap to shoot clays, 150 of them or more a day, all to keep their skills sharp.

“It takes focus because you really need to focus on the target to pinpoint it specifically,” said Matt Mitchell, a Houston High School student.