May 2015

What a busy month has passed competing, training and working. Fun busy times. The opportunity to train Sport Pistol has been fantastic, and really makes me understand why I love this sport of shooting.

With selection for the European Championships getting ever closer and the opportunities for two GB qualification scores to be attained at two different competitions, time is of the essence. With very few competition opportunities there's no room for error which really puts the pressure on. Especially when all you want to do at the beginning of the season is develop your skills, and after this comes match tactics.

Our first domestic competition of the season was cancelled in March due to the range not functioning, (really not helpful!) so April saw my first two competitions at Bisley. Closely followed by another in Hannover Germany.

At this point (2 months into the season) my skills are getting honed in the right direction but there's now need for match tactics to come into play. At the end of the day, you only win on the day of competition-not at your training ground.

Training at the Tunnel Target Sports Center, Dorset. Now able to train there as of end of March.
Training at the Tunnel Target Sports Center, Dorset. Now able to train there as of end of March.

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April 2015

 
With focus on my main event, Sport Pistol, training is on schedule. GB Team selection has changed by British Shooting to needing two qualifying scores at different competitions to be eligible for selection to World Cups and the European Championships. These competitions are all before June/July.
 
Having done two training camps, and Friday / Saturday training to prepare for our first Trials matches at the weekend, you can understand my disappointment when these were cancelled due to the range breaking!
 
Trying to remain positive I look towards Hannover at the end of April, where the range will certainly work to German precision and I'll have an opportunity to gain one of the two qualifying scores needed by British Shooting.
 
It's at times like this I really appreciate the support of Helpful Holidays, when even my country is making life difficult for me to represent it!
 
I was very proud to be asked to attend the Devon Winter Schools Games recently, where I encouraged young people to work hard to achieve their dreams and raise their aspirations. People can't deny my dedication and commitment to training surely!?

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March 2015

 
My focus is turning to Sport Pistol, as the spring / summer time fast approaches. The British Squad have just received great news that the Tunnel Target Sports Center near Charmouth have been reissued with their licence for Section 5 pistols. This means I can train in Dorset with my Sport Pistol, rather than only at Bisley. This is fantastic news, as only with training do you improve and it was the Home Office didn't renew the Tunnel's Section 5 authority after the Olympics.
It's still tricky to shoot either at Bisley or the Tunnel as you need the right people present, but it's a start!
I'm looking forward to my first Sport Pistol competition this season at the end of March. This will be at Bisley.
 
(This picture was taken at the Aquatic Center in London, where I was there representing British Shooting at an Inspiring Women into Sport and Sports Jobs. An initiative supported/run by Clare Balding. An inspiring venue that brought back some fantastic memories of London 2012).

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