GOOD SPORT FOR LIFE

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

Q

Give me some tips as to how to best im­prove at pis­tol shoot­ing – what do you need to be good at?

A

The beauty of our sport is that any­one can en­joy it, start­ing from a 12-year-old to as long as you can see at the dis­tance of your stretched arm ... men, women, in­door, out­door. I would say it’s an easy sport. It’s not gym­nas­tics or fig­ure skat­ing where you need to learn a new rou­tine ev­ery now and then. We just need to co­or­di­nate three el­e­ments: steady arm, clear sights pic­ture and smooth trig­ger. The only dif­fi­culty is to be able to do it 60 times. And that takes some­times decades to mas­ter.

Q

What is your his­tory with spon­sors? Is there much money in pis­tol shoot­ing?

A

It is not very com­mon to have spon­sors in shoot­ing but I know some lucky ones. As for me, I would like to thank the man­age­ment of Bel­mont Shoot­ing Com­plex who just re­cently gave me some mon­e­tary in­cen­tive for rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia on in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions such as the World Cup and world cham­pi­onship this year. It was the only sup­port I’ve got ever since I came back from Sin­ga­pore and re­sumed train­ing. But gen­er­ally, Shoot­ing Aus­tralia – the na­tional body for the sport of Olympic shoot­ing which also in­cludes ri­fle and shot­gun dis­ci­plines – sup­ports only the top-tier of the na­tional team and pays for the trips to com­pe­ti­tions and train­ing camps and some ath­letes’ sup­port.

Dina with Maria Nadezh­d­ina 14, and Zoe Poulis, 12, at the Bul­letin’s 2018 Lo­cal Sport Star awards.

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