City Employee Wins International Sporting Event
City of Irving Senior Heavy Equipment Operator Jerry Steadham's shotgun skills earned him and his teammates the World 2013 Helice Championship. Steadham, a National Sporting Clays Association all-American team member, and the rest of the U.S. Men’s Team, competed in Porto, Portugal, last month.
At the events in Portugal, Steadham faced-off against world-class shooters from 20 nations for the chance to be awarded a gold, silver or bronze medal. This year's Helice championship event was the second time Steadham's shotgun skills catapulted him overseas. This Irving city employee has won championships since 2000, and in 2002, Steadham came back from the European Championship in Spain finishing as the top American shooter and third in all of Europe.
Giving this year's events in Portugal added significance is the fact that Steadham, for the first time, sported an official Olympic-style vest embroidered with his name and the letters USA on the back.
"That's one of those bucket list things for a shooter. ... When I saw that vest, I was like a kid at Christmas," Steadham said.
Steadham's path to becoming a world-renowned shotgun shooter started humbly. As a child, he learned gun safety and shooting skills from his father and grandfather. In 1997, he took up sporting clay shooting as an extracurricular activity. He was a natural; in just his first year of competition, he qualified to compete as a master-class shooter.
Prior to traveling to Portugal, Steadham, who marked his nine-year anniversary with the City of Irving in June, knew he had a fan club at Irving’s Valley View Municipal Complex.
"There were a bunch of guys who wanted me to text, send emails. They were really pulling for me," Steadham said.
Posted July 30