Episode #9 – Ben Husthwaite


Influenced by his father, Malcolm, Ben was introduced to shooting at an early age. It was intended as a father-son activity, which his father saw they could do together. Shooting would later become his career; it wasn’t something that he chose, but rather it chose him. After winning many competitions as a junior and giving others tuition from the age of 14, it was a career path in which Ben could clearly excel.

On his first outing, he showed a natural flair for the sport. Ben enjoyed game and clay shooting equally, but through his other love of rugby, he found that the game season clashed with the football season, so he found himself more drawn to clays.

As Ben progressed, he found that he enjoyed more of a variety of targets, not knowing what targets he would be presented and with the rules and regulations were too much in the trap disciplines, Ben was very well suited to sporting and FITASC.

1998 was one of his most successful years as a junior, winning the World Junior FITASC, World Junior Sporting and also the European FITASC championships; Ben showed his potential and was ready to take on the seniors.

Ben’s greatest shooting moment was winning the World FITASC in 2006 and more recently the World Sporting in 2010. Ben is modest about his achievements but also credits his number one fan, his father, for his continued support, along with Brian Du Quesnay, and his many sponsors, because without them, his victories would not have been possible.