Further Personal Information
||Te Kauwhata, NZL
||Engineering - Waikato University: Waikato, NZL
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She started clay target shooting at age 15.
|Why this sport?
||Her father introduced her to the sport.
|Club / Team
||Waikato Gun Club: Waikato, NZL
||Kickboxing, rugby. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2004)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Shooting 114/120 in a domestic competition in December 2003. "It was only one short of a world record. It proved to me that the world record is within my reach." (Athlete, 19 Feb 2004)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you land among the stars." (Athlete, 19 Feb 2004)
|Awards and honours
||Voted the Taranaki Sportsperson of the Year and Taranaki Sportswoman of the Year in 2002. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2004)
||To win an Olympic gold medal. (Athlete, 19 Feb 2004)
She moved in early 2003 from New Plymouth to Hamilton because the three hours in travelling time to and from New Zealand's top training facility at the Waikato Gun Club was limiting her training to one session a week. The expense of the sport was also a factor because she was leaving her job with Olex Cables in order to attend university and had been forced to apply for thousands of dollars in grants and loans to keep competing. The move to Hamilton also meant she would be closer to the New Zealand Academy of Sport and its sponsors. (windwand.co.nz, 14 Feb 2003)
BREAK FROM THE SPORT
She took a break from the sport at age 17 but six years later, in 1998, she realised there was an opportunity for her to go to an Olympic Games. So she made a comeback to competition. (New Zealand Herald, 19 May 2004)