MOV­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

Q What made you move firstly from Kaza­khstan to Rus­sia and then to Aus­tralia?

A In 2001, we de­cided to move to Rus­sia for per­sonal rea­sons. In Moscow our daugh­ter was born. I be­came a mem­ber of the Rus­sian na­tional shoot­ing team, and that was a great hon­our for me be­cause there were many Olympic and world cham­pi­ons there, like icons of the shoot­ing sport. In 2002, we came to Syd­ney for the World Cup and were ap­proached by then CEO of Aus­tralian Shoot­ing As­so­ci­a­tion with the ques­tion if we know some­one who would like to move to Aus­tralia to coach the na­tional team. My hus­band (Rus­sian coach) Ana­toly Babushkin replied: “We want”, and I im­me­di­ately asked him in Rus­sian: “Do we?” be­cause we never dis­cussed it. We fi­nally ar­rived in Melbourne on May 25, 2003.

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