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How I began shooting

How I began shooting

I first heard about shooting when my brother was at an agricultural college and was shooting for the county. I really wanted to go back to college to follow my family farming genes, but with a lack of support, I stayed in my fitness jobs. I then worked at an outdoor activity centre where they held clay shooting experiences, I had a go and did really well, but still didn’t start, I thought it was something that boys did. I finally started last year and I love it, my brother bought me a lesson at a local ground and even the instructor was surprised I was hitting the difficult targets. (Confidence boost). I’m hoping to buy my own gun and start networking with other ladies (because the guy’s attitudes really aren’t supportive) and I have seen ladies groups popping up, although none local. I have learned over the past year the things that bring me joy, mostly are farming and country activities, hopefully, I can find a really supportive coach, a bunch of ladies who share my interests and see where it takes me.

How I began shooting

How I began shooting

I first wanted to try shooting after watching the pentathlon in the 2012 London Olympic Games when I was only 6 years old! 
Over the years I sort of forgot about it until I was having a conversation with my dad about inspirational female athletes and he brought up that there weren’t many successful female shooters out there. He then asked me if I was interested in giving it a go. I thought that it was something no one I knew had ever done before, so I obviously said yes! A few weeks later I had my first shooting lesson with Ken Rist at Lea Valley Shooting Association, with my mums old 20bore, and I was instantly hooked. After 6 more weeks, I entered into my first competition (the IAPS Championships), where I won the U11 ladies high gun! And I haven’t stopped shooting since…

How I began shooting

How I began shooting

I grew up surrounded by trophies on the living room unit that my Dad was forever bringing home from shooting skeet at our local shooting ground so it’s always been a sport that’s quite close to me. It wasn’t until last year that I purchased a gun with my sister and we decided to get into it. I am fortunate enough that my manager is the Ex England Captain from the Team GB Clay Shooting team so I have had lots of support in getting involved in the sport and I must admit I love it! I love the addiction and the constant competition you have with yourself to improve. I have only shot clays so far, although I have many friends who run their own game shoots so I am hoping I will be able to branch out into game shooting in the coming season that is vastly approaching!

Some of the boys were making fun of me

Some of the boys were making fun of me

Having grown up beating on a local farm shoot, 2017 was going to be my first beaters shoot, because some of the boys were making fun of me being a girl and going to shoot, I asked for a few lessons to prepare me. This was where my clay shooting journey started. I had a few sporting lessons to get ready. Then held my own on beaters day. At the end of the season, I carried on with my lessons and then tried DTL. Something just clicked and I have mainly competed in this since. Although I do shoot sporting and have coaching lessons with Paul Dancer, Clay Shooting Coach, I enjoy shooting sporting with my family and for young farmers, I’ll be competing for my school later this year. My goals for the future are to improve my scores coming up through the classes. I was lucky enough this year to be eligible to shoot the England team selection shoots. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it this year, but it was an amazing experience. I’d love to make the England team and even the European in the future. I have many years shooting ahead of me and the sky’s the limit.

I used to fancy myself as a bit of an Annie Oakley

I used to fancy myself as a bit of an Annie Oakley

I used to fancy myself as a bit of an Annie Oakley growing up on the farm, taking pot shots at tin cans & targets, but never graduated to a shotgun.
An ex-partner used to shoot & I was always a ‘hanger-on’ so decided to do some lessons & thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly my family circumstances took precedence over the next 10 years or so, until two and a half years ago when my husband bought me some lessons at Greenquarries. I then went to Femme Fatales events as well as NLSD 2017 at Braidwood and my shooting social circle grew from there! 
I love the social side of it and now shoot with all sorts of ladies & gents from all over the country…have gun will travel 😊 In fact I’m packing for a trip up to a sim day with the Scottish Ladies Shooting Club at Glamis Castle…can’t wait.