01:07PM, Wednesday 25 May 2016
When I first started shooting six years ago, I persisted because it was a great way for me to spend quality time with my grandad, who first introduced me to the sport.
As time went on I started to become really passionate about the sport, and I quickly realised that I had a certain knack for it.
It’s now under three months until Rio 2016 starts and I couldn’t be more excited! Time is flying by and my schedule consists of training on the range three to four times a week, working out in the gym four to five times a week and I’ve also been competing in events around the world including Cyprus, Qatar and the pre-Olympics test event.
The latter was a brilliant experience for helping me to get used to the climate out there.
When I have a rare bit of time off it’s important for me to relax and en- joy my favourite things like spending time with friends, family and my boyfriend, and I also love to indulge in a bit of retail therapy.
I’m not your average 18-year-old and have had to make sacrifices that many others of my age wouldn’t.
I can’t just go out with friends on a whim, everything has to be meticulously planned into my training schedule. I wouldn’t change it for the world though, being an Olympic hopeful is 100 per cent worth it.
One thing that’s helped keep my feet on the ground is the support network I have around me including the support from my sponsors, premium British watch brand Christopher Ward, who first spotted me as an up-and-coming talent and now back me through their Challengers Programme.
Shooting isn’t a mainstream sport, and being a woman competing in a non-mainstream sport meant I used to feel like I was a small fish in a big pond, but thanks to their support, alongside that of my family, friends and coach, I’m starting to realise that this isn’t the case.
I now hope to encourage and inspire other young girls to get into sport, not only girls in Berkshire, but girls the world over!"
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