Former Lancaster Olympian passes away

Bob Braithwaite.
Bob Braithwaite.

Bob Braithwaite, MBE, a trap shooter who represented Britain at the 1968 Summer Olympics, has passed away peacefully at home.

Mr Braithwaite was a veterinary surgeon by profession and an enthusiastic shooter.

Born in Arnside, Cumbria, Bob began competing in trap shooting events and within a short time became one of the country’s leading target shooters.

He was a member of the Great Britain Shooting Team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where he was placed 7th in the Trap Event.

Four years later in 1968 in Mexico he missed two clays on his first round of 25 and then went on to shoot the remaining 175 straight to win Gold, from American Thomas Garrigus on 196, thus equalling the Olympic Record.

Bob’s achievements were made all the more successful in a time where he was holding down a demanding job without no formal training programme.

Bob passed away on February 26 and his funeral will be held at Lancaster and Morecambe Crematorium on Tuesday, March 10 at 2pm.