My name is Kaden Fitch, I would like to be a candidate on the next ballot filling one of the two vacant positions on the CSCA board. I am a 15-year-old sophomore that goes to Elsinore High School in Wildomar, California. I’ve been shooting Sporting Clays competitively for around three years. My coach is Ben Courtemarche of Leading Edge Shotgun Academy. Last month I reached A class and continue to push myself to reach the top. Just over one year ago I started a small business Kaden’s Kustoms, making flags out of shells. My business has helped me continue shooting and almost 100% pay for my own shooting. We all know how pricey shooting can be and I wanted to help my relieve most of the pressure with my parents.
You might be thinking why does a 15-year-old want to be on the Board of CSCA? Well, in the short amount of time I’ve fell in love with this amazing sport, I want to help this sport grow, and I would like to see this sport become even better than it already is. I would like to see more youth get involved in this sport. The youth are the future of the sport and more youth that gets involved the stronger the sport will become. Over the last 3 years I have seen many great things with CSCA but I have also seen a few things that we could improve on.
With the political climate in 2019 we need to put in a little extra effort to get more youth into this sport. If we do not have youth shooting and participating in this sport it will slowly die off. I want to be a voice for the youth and help them be more accepted in this sport. I’ve noticed that within this sport there are not many incentives for the youth to shoot. I would love to see more tournaments involving the youth that will help them reach their goals. In my three years of shooting I’ve met some amazing people who have supported me through shooting, and I’ve met some people who want nothing to do with the youth in this sport and get upset when youth are squatted with them. I hold myself to a high standard when shooting with others. Please consider me to be on the 2019-2020 CSCA board. I am very outspoken and feel like I could help this sport grow even more than it already is.
Nicolas Berry AKA French Nick was born 40 years ago in a French hunting family. He was also raised and studied in Paris. After getting his masters in Civil Engineering (2003) and Architecture (2006), he set up an architecture and engineering firm and gradually opened offices in Paris (France), Hanoi (Vietnam), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Danang (Vietnam) and Hong Kong. His very successful 80-employee firm has worked on hundreds of projects in Europe and Asia in the last 14 years. Nick, his wife Cat and their three children have lived for 6 years in Asia, then for 6 years back in France and moved permanently to California (where Nick’s wife was originally from and still had her whole family) 3 years ago. When arriving to the United States in 2016, Nick was offered by his shooting sponsor Laporte Traps & Targets to manage their company in North America when continuing supervising his architecture and engineering businesses. Within this environment and with the experience of a 20-year rugby career, he also succeeded in becoming one of the country’s and World’s best sporting clays shooters in a few years. Being a member of the NSCA Rules Committee as well and having traveled to the World’s nicest shooting grounds, Nick would bring his expertise and global view to help growing the California Sporting Clays Association where it should be: one of the country’s biggest and most powerful shooting associations. Nick’s goal to promote the shooting sports towards youth and women is on top of his list and will be one of his priorities if joining the Board.
I have been a member of NSCA/CSCA for a couple of years and am slowly advancing through the class rankings. I’m not a great shot, but I have fun competing and meeting other shooters. I believe we have a great State organization, and would work to continue its excellence and to improve the interaction between clubs and shooters. I appreciate your vote.
My name is Scott Vix. I reside in Fairfield California with my wife of 34 years, Lisa. I retired in 2013 after 36 years with United Parcel Service where I was an inside operations manager. After retiring I have been fortunate to be able to do some work at sporting clay ranges seeing it from something other then a shooters perspective. I got serious about sporting clays 12 years ago. When I’m outside of the clay season, I’m bird hunting throughout the West. I participate in a lot of California Waterfowl Association (CWA) activities, guiding hunts and volunteering at youth camps teaching shotgun shooting (NSCA level 1). I also served on CWA’s board of directors in the early 2000’s. I look forward to competing in many shoots throughout the states, places I have yet to see, while making contributions within California.
To the California NSCA members:
What does the CSCA do?
That is a question I am often asked. I want to change that! I want to make sure that everyone knows what the CSCA does and to make sure that the CSCA is positively contributing to improving our favorite sport!
Therefore, I am running for a position on the Board. I am an active competitor and would be honored for the chance to give back by participating in our state organization. I want to help make the CSCA better!
Here are my qualifications:
- In 2018, I shot 6,500 targets, earning me places on all three Briley Ladies All-American teams for the sub gauges, and on the Krieghoff Sub Junior All-American team as the only female in the country.
- I am part of the independent studies program at my high school, receiving credit for competitive clay shooting.Recently, I earned a Varsity letter for my shooting (not an easy feat to accomplish in a California public school), while being recognized as a Distinguished Scholar for two years in a row.
- I am the team captain of So Cal Top Guns, the youth shooting team run by Coach Jim Porter, a California Sporting Clays Hall of Fame inductee.
As a 16-year-old, I realize that I may be young to apply for the Board. However, I think that my voice can be extremely valuable for the CSCA. I have found, in tournaments all over the country, lack of a youth perspective. Youth shooters are the future of the sport. Some ways I can contribute include helping to keep our social media active (Did you notice that that the latest “News” on the CSCA website is from 2017?), keeping concerns of youth shooters (both beginners and serious competitors) top of mind, and most importantly, helping to increase participation. In addition, as a young lady, I also bring a female perspective. There are many organizations that have youth representatives. Having a young, active competitor on the Board will be a positive step in ensuring everyone is represented by the CSCA.
I love seeing our sport grow and I actively try to bring in as many young people to the sport that I can. As an enthusiastic member of the CSCA Board, I am sure that my ability to influence and grow the sport will be supercharged!
I have a passion for sporting clays and would like to be active in our state organization. I work very hard to excel at all that I do; school, shooting, etc. I am sure that I will also work very hard for the CSCA. I am extremely excited by this potential opporunity. Thank you for your consideration.