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Army Clay Shooting Invite Future Female Talent To Taster Session In Bisley

The sport is looking for more female representation and had an Olympic hopeful in attendance giving out tips.

The Army clay shooting team have held a taster session in a bid to entice more female competitors to the sport and identify future talent.

The event in Bisley had a number of new shooters trying out with a coach from the British Shooting Talent Pathway in attendance.

2024 Paris Olympics hopeful Georgina Roberts was also on hand to give out tips to newcomers.

She was impressed with what she saw, saying: "The ladies we have got here today – they all have so much potential and they already know a little bit of information.

"So it's easier to start them off because they haven't been able to develop bad habits yet, but still have the awareness of gun handling and the safety side of things, which is so important for shooting."

Does she think she might see someone from the military shooting alongside her at a future Olympics?

"Oh, 100%, especially with the potential I've seen today," she said. "With women who have never shot before or who have just started.

"All it takes is hard work and determination and you can make anything possible."

Georgina Roberts is aiming for the 2024 Paris Olympics but thinks more military shooters could get to that level.

Corporal Charlotte Preece is an experienced shooter and competes for the Royal Logistic Corps.

She says the similarities in shooting competitively and in the military can help but it's a new world for many.

"It's a completely different ball game," she said. "A lot of people will shut one eye like they are shooting with a rifle but you need both eyes open.

"At the same time, it's still transferrable, so it's a moving target so when you go back to the range... you can then transfer that skill.

"You'll be nailing stuff that you wouldn't have before," she added.

The event aimed to increase the levels of female participation in the sport and one shooting hopeful seems to have been bitten by the clay target bug.

Lance Corporal Emma Pound of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry is aiming to get more involved, and said: "I absolutely love it.

"The idea is if I'm good enough and they can coach me, definitely look at getting my shotgun licence, hopefully buy a shotgun and then look at joining the local club.

"See where it goes from there."