Local 16-year-old becomes world record holder

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — A local 16-year-old is a World Champion!

Greenbrier County’s very own Makayla Scott spent her weekend in Kansas with a team of competitive shotgun shooters. They were trying to break as many clays possible in a 12-hour period.

Makayla and her teammates.

The event was held on Oct. 12, 2019.

“By the time I got there, whenever they started counting down the start, it was like this is gonna be a long day,” Makayla said.

Makayla Scott came home on Monday from Lexena, Kansas after participating in a once in a lifetime event.

Scott and four others attempted to break a world record previously set by a group in the United Kingdom in 2005. The UK group shot just over 4,000 clays in a 12 hour period.

Makayla said was determined to beat that record.

“See, we broke the record and we had eight hours left so by that point we were just trying to see how far we could go,” Makayla said.

Makayla Scott pointing the shotgun she used for competition.

Makayla, along with the team, shot 14,167 clays in a 12 hour period making them the new world record holders. She shattered a world record with just four years of shooting experience.

Her father, Telford Scott, has been her number one supporter from the very beginning.

“From the time that she heard this was gonna happen, she just wanted to be a part of it,” Telford said. “She wanted West Virginia to be proud and for me and everyone. And I was very proud of her.”

In fact, just after the team broke the UK’s reigning record, she shared a special moment with her father.

Makayla hugs her father, Telford, after beating a world record.

“I felt like all of my hard work throughout these entire four years, all of my dad’s hard work, everything that he’s put into it because he’s done everything for me,” Makayla said. “He’s my hero. I mean, without him, I wouldn’t even be here.”

Her father’s commitment to her dream is not the only source of pride resulting from this competition.

“It was just a dream come true for her,” Telford said. “I was a proud dad. I was proud of all of them but I was especially proud of her.”

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