ROONEY Natalie < Back  
Sport Shooting
CGA New Zealand   
Gender Women
Born 01 Jun 1988 in Timaru, NZL
Height1.81 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Timaru, NZL
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Student
Languages English
Higher education Accounting - Canterbury University: New Zealand
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began shooting in 2003. She entered her first competition in 2006.
Why this sport? Her eldest brother Sam took up the sport, so she and her other brothers Cameron and William followed suit. "It is very much a family thing that we do."
Name of coach Andrea Miotto [personal], ITA, from 2013
Handedness Right eye, right hand
General Interest
Nicknames Nat (Instagram profile, 29 Jan 2020)
Hobbies Spending time with friends. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning a silver medal in trap at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and claiming gold at the 2016 World Cup Final in Rome, Italy. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career Her parents, and her brother Sam (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol Her parents. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours In 2017 she was named Sportsperson of the Year at the South Canterbury Sports Awards in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 21 May 2017)

She was named the 2010 Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year at the South Canterbury Sports Awards in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2010)
Other sports She has played netball at club level in New Zealand. (stuff.co.nz, 09 Jun 2017)
Milestones She became the first shooter representing New Zealand to win a medal in trap at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in the event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Jan 2020; nzherald.co.nz, 31 Aug 2017)
Famous relatives Her brothers Sam, Cameron, and William are all competitive shooters. Her father Gary represented New Zealand in the sport. (stuff.co.nz, 04 Sep 2010)
Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Dec 2019; stuff.co.nz, 18 Dec 2019)
Other information SWITCHING STYLE
She used a 'high gun' shooting method at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she would look through the gun to the target as it came out of the trap. Then she would not move until after the target had passed her barrels. In 2017 she began feeling uncomfortable with the technique, especially when the target would fly out half a metre to the left or right, so she decided to switch her style to the 'low gun' method. "[The 'high gun' style] would rush or panic me. [The 'low gun' method has] taken a bit to get used to and took a while to get used to figuring out how and when I'm meant to move. I'd always had an issue with that target. That took a toll. It didn't happen for me straight away. It's taken me a long time to build myself back up to knowing I am good enough and can perform at that level. Now [speaking in 2019] I'm a lot more comfortable because I'm seeing it a lot better." (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Dec 2019; nzherald.co.nz, 31 Aug 2017)

TIME ABROAD
She has spent a significant amount of time training in Italy with her coach Andrea Miotto. "It is tough. I've spent quite a bit of time in Italy, and I've found it really difficult. I usually book an apartment so I can do my own cooking, but I'm in a remote area [near Pescara on the Adriatic Coast] where no one speaks English and I'm by myself all the time. It's not as if I can just pick up the phone and call someone, because the time difference is so different. It's pretty lonely." (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Dec 2019)

HOME RANGE
In 2018 she and her father Gary opened a shooting facility at the Timaru Clay Target Club in New Zealand. "I decided with my dad and my coach that I really did need a range to practise on. It's hard to travel to Christchurch all the time to train. It took away from your normal life and routine. It's changing my life really. People in South Canterbury having access is key to getting more people involved. I think it [the range] will have a huge impact on that." (stuff.co.nz, 30 Nov 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2019 she began studying marketing at the Open Polytechnic in New Zealand. (newsroom.co.nz, 18 Dec 2019)