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Shooting: Kerwood going for gold

August 5, 2008

Markswoman Charlotte Kerwood is aiming for the podium on her Olympic debut.

The 21 year old, who has been shooting since she was 12, switched disciplines two years ago to try to get to the Games. She used to compete in the women’s double trap, but that discipline waa dropped from the Olympic programme after Athens 2004.

At the age of 15 Kerwood won gold in the women’s double trap singles at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and gold in both the double trap singles and pairs in Melbourne four years later. However she narrowly missed out on selection for Athens.

“I was devastated not to qualify for Athens because it was my last chance to shoot the double trap before it was out of the Olympic Games. So after the 2006 Commonwealths I changed to the Olympic trap,” said the Team GB markswoman.

“I’m really happy to be here. Obviously I‘m going for gold, but my main aim at the moment is to make the final. Once you make the final, anything can happen.”

And Kerwood is already looking to London 2012, “I’m going to do as well as I can here, but it should also be great experience for me for London 2012. London will be when I’m at my peak, I’ll still only be 25, so hopefully I will have a few more Olympic Games yet.”

Kerwood is joined by Elena Little in the Beijing squad who will compete in the skeet.

“I would love to win a gold, or another medal. The first step is to make the final and then to shoot well in the final. I also want to get experience for the next Games, which hopefully I will also shoot at.”

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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