Dylan Gong and Jerry Xu are two Grade 9 students from SUIS Qingpu’s high school. Last November, they won two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal at the 17th Shanghai Games Shooting Competition (Teenager Category). They also qualified as first-level national athletes!
Dylan and Jerry took 2nd and 3rd Place respectively in the Group A men’s individual 50-meter air rifle prone position competition, each shooting 60 rounds. Jerry and his team took 1st Place in the Group A men’s group division 10-meter air rifle competition (60 rounds), with a score of 1854.6, and 1st Place in the Group A men’s group division 40-meter 3 postures competition (3*40 rounds) with a score of 3425. In Group B, Dylan took 2nd Place in the men’s individual 50-meter 3 positions competition (3*20 rounds) with a score of 1645.
The two athletes can balance studies, hobbies, and activities; all the while achieving these excellent results, which embodies the Holistic Education Philosophy that Xiehe Education has persistently adhered to for many years.
We took some time to interview Dylan and Jerry, enjoying a great opportunity to hear their voices and learn about their thoughts.
Jerry and Dylan in primary school
During the three days of a competition, accidents and challenges followed one after another: the wind, poor conditions, lack of physical strength, and so on. Dylan was also faced with a ‘Black and white’ target in the prone shooting competition – that is, half of the target surface is brightly lit while half is in shadow, which greatly interferes with the players’ vision and judgment. Time to make one’s shot is also limited, so you can’t rest. Thus, you simply have to ‘bite the bullet’. Jerry’s prone shooting competition was also affected by the weather. The wind was too strong, which disturbed the original trajectory point. The only thing he could do was to wait for the right opportunity and pull the trigger as soon as the wind had died down. Dylan and Jerry finally won 2nd and 3rd Place in the prone shooting program.
Shooting can be boring, but after they fell in love with this sport, they learned how to be calm and confident, establishing a more focused, decisive, and strong personality. Because of their love for this sport, shooting became a common theme in their diaries. Because of their love for this sport, these young gentlemen learned to endure pain. Because of their love for this sport, they dared to leave their parents and participate in month-long training sessions in other cities. “Interest is the best teacher, and interest needs the blessing of diligence.”