Our man in charge:After finishing school Thomas Rink completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter. Thereafter he committed himself to the German armed forces for twelve years, during which he served in the armored infantry, the paratroopers division and the “Sportgruppe Heer” (German Armed Forces sports supporting group / division firearms).
During his time on the army athletic team, he took part in in two military-world championships and various country tournaments, firing large caliber sport pistols. During this time, he also served as instructor to the German Armed Forces sports supporting group, for pistol disciplines.
After finishing his period of service he passed a pursuing education as wood technician. Topic of his thesis was: “Production of custom grips for sport pistols with usage of CNC manufacturing systems”. This paved the way for founding the company “Rink-Formgriffe”.
His sporting career began 1983 by winning the German Junior Championship with the free pistol. Afterwards he was appointed for the national team of the DSB. Except for one break, he was an active member of the national team until 1994, where he took part in various World and European Championships, as well as World Cups.
Among his greatest athletic achievements, we can mention 2nd place in the German National Championship of 1993 with the free pistol, as well as winning the German National Champion title with the sporting pistol in the years 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2010 for his home athletic club Schützencorps Klein-Altenstädten.
From 2005 till 2013 he has additionally been competing for his second club SV Kriftel in the National League with the air pistol. With them he became German Team Champion in 2013. With the SG Butzbach he won 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018 team gold with the Centerfire-/ Sport Pistol.
2013 he reached with 585 points a new Hessian State Record with the Center Fire Pistol and he is German National Champion in Air Pistol senior class.
2014 he has won Gold and Silver with Sportpistol and Center Fire Pistol at the German Championchips.
Double victory in 2015 and 2017: At the German Championchips he has won in both years 2x Gold in Senior Class with the disciplines Sport Pistol and Center Fire Pistol.
Even in his new passion, field target shooting at SV "Lemp" Kölschhausen, he was soon successful: at the German Championships in 2021, he won in both disciplines Field Target and Hunter Field Target the gold medal. His son Marlon also secured the silver medal in both disciplines!
In 2022 he was able to repeat his success in the Hunter Field Target discipline and became German Champion again!