Freshwater Bay resident, Jennie Cartwright, has made the England Ladies Shooting Team to represent the country at this year’s World Championships in America.
After several years of attending clay pigeon selection shoots the length and breadth of the country, she has finally achieved her goal.
Jenny, speaking in the Freshwater Bay Residents’ Association newsletter, said: “All those miles and all that practice is worthwhile now and achieving my first cap is a special moment in my shooting career.
“I’m the second person in our family to get a cap; my great grandfather, W H Taylor, played Rugby Union for England back in 1908.”
Jennie travelled to San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month to shoot in the World Sporting Championships at the USA National Shooting Centre with 14 other English competitors. In the meantime, she has been working hard to be at her best for the competition which will take place over three days. She added: “Making the team is definitely something off my bucket list: there are only three ladies in the team so competition is fierce for the spaces. I have shot in America before and it is a truly great experience.
“I am hoping that the fact I have been before will help with the nerves and that I can perform to the best of my ability. It was difficult enough to make the team but now I need to really raise my game as I will be shooting against the best in the world.”
Jennie shoots regularly at the Isle of Wight Gun Club and also represented the Island in Jersey at the Island Games in 2015, bringing back one silver and two gold medals.