Writing isn't my strong point but I'm going to attempt a blog so I can share a new found passion in clay target shooting. I hope you will enjoy my blog and my shooting journey.
Let me take you back to 29 Feb 17 the day I picked up a shotgun and slayed my first clay! It was a windy Wednesday at West Midlands Shooting Ground and Storm DORRIS was in force. I was taking part in a clay pigeon shooting session, arranged by the amazing staff of the BattleBack Centre, Lilleshall. The Battle Back Centre is part of the MoD’s Defence Recovery Capability programme and provides sports and adventurous activities for wounded, injured and sick service people from across the Armed Forces. Prior to being placed on the recovery program I had lost my way and found a once competitive, motivated and bright service women reduced to a flicker of her former self due to injury and a long term illness.
From the moment I obliterated my first clay to dust my heart was ignited once more with a spark of passion and desire to compete. The sparks turned from a flickering flame into a raging inferno with every clay I smoked. Its pretty safe to say that from the moment I returned to the clubhouse, I was on a mission to find out more about this amazing sport that had ignited the old me, who I thought was dead and buried. I'm going to talk about the BattleBack Centre in a future post as without the support from the guys there I probably would still be home alone suffering in silence. When I do get round to talking about it I shall link the post HERE if anyone is interested in hearing about my time there.
Fast forward to 07 May 17 my 29th Birthday at the Northern Shooting Show, I was like a kid in a candy shop looking at the pretty guns and watching the 50 bird competition on the clayline. It was on this day I made myself a promise that I was going to set my sights high and not stop even when I achieve my goal. My goal being a TeamGB Athlete, competing for my nation as well as supporting and promoting the sport for women of all ages.
I am now very thankful to have found shooting and a new circle of friends that all share the passion for smashing clays. The social side to shooting was something I didn't expect to have such an impact on my life, however I am so glad it did. I now have something to look forward to at a weekend. Whether it be a round of skeet or a night out with the gang, I simply CANNOT wait for the weekends now!