BACK IN THE USSR

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

Q

Tell me about your back­ground – where are you from orig­i­nally and what was it like?

A

I was born in 1976 in Kaza­khstan when it was part of the largest coun­try on Earth – the Union of the Soviet So­cial­ist Republics, or Soviet Union, or USSR. Back then it was com­mon for kids to have some af­ter­school ac­tiv­i­ties which were free of charge, as were ed­u­ca­tion and medicine. When I was 11 a girl from my mother’s class – my mother was a Rus­sian lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture teacher at school where I stud­ied as well – of­fered to try shoot­ing. I didn’t even know that such a sport ex­isted and at first thought that it was an archery be­cause in Rus­sian archery is “shoot­ing with a bow”. So, I was very sur­prised when I saw a real pis­tol. But back then I dreamed of be­com­ing a de­tec­tive and though that all de­tec­tives must be able to shoot. With years this dream dis­ap­peared but my love for shoot­ing re­mained.

Q

Were your par­ents or other fam­ily mem­bers into sport?

A

None of my rel­a­tives were in­volved in any sport but my grand­fa­ther was a sniper in World War II and may be some genes trans­ferred to me. In 1992, the USSR col­lapsed and in 1993, a new Kazakh na­tional shoot­ing team was cre­ated, and I be­came part of it. As a Kazakh cit­i­zen I won sev­eral medals in the Asian Games, Asian cham­pi­onships, and took out sixth place in the Olympic Games in Syd­ney. In 1996, I mar­ried our na­tional team coach Ana­toly Babushkin (pic­tured left).

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