Sport: Olympic Skeet Shooting
Course: 2nd year in Graphic and Media Design
College: London College of Communication
Tell us a bit about how you first got involved in your sport?
I started shooting when I was 13, mostly out of curiosity of what it was, since my dad had taken
up the sport and had told me all about it. I had a lesson at our local club, and wanted to go back! I
started practicing Olympic Skeet, one of the shotgun disciplines, when my family moved to
Surrey. British Shooting had launched their “Target Tokyo” programme to get more people
involved in shooting, so I tried out and got accepted! In 2017 I was selected to compete as a
junior at the Shotgun World Championships for Great Britain and since then have travelled with
the British team to Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia and South Korea.
What is a typical week for you?
A typical training week ideally consists of two or three times out shooting for a couple of hours at
a time. I try not to train for more than a few hours at a time for two reasons: first, staying focused
for long periods of time can get quite tricky; second, repeating the same motion of lifting the
shotgun again and again becomes tiring when done for a few hours. I am trying to get to the gym
more often to build up more stamina, though the majority of my training is done on the range.
What are your greatest sporting achievements/what are you most proud of?
I am really proud to have been able to compete for Great Britain as a Junior for the past three years. Having the opportunity to compete on a world stage has been hugely inspiring and motivating. My greatest sporting achievements have been winning gold at the British Shooting Shotgun Series in my category, winning silver and bronze at the Qatar Open, as well as retaining my title as Canadian Women’s champion for the past three years.
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