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Charlotte Kerwood's shooting diary

By Charlotte Kerwood
Team GB shooter

Charlotte Kerwood
I'm currently in Beijing for a World Cup competition which is being staged at the venue for the shotgun events in this summer's Olympic Games.

I would like to make the women's trap final if possible, but August is when I really want to be winning medals - preferably gold!

In March, I went from training in Italy to the Europa Cup Grand Prix in Cyprus. I shot a good score and came fourth, and was quite pleased with how I got on.

The main thing about going to Beijing now is to gain experience of shooting at the Olympic venue.

All shooting grounds are different, and the machinery used to launch the targets can also vary, so it will be very useful in terms of preparation, if I'm selected to go to the Games.

Even though I'm still only 21, I've travelled around the world thanks to shooting, but this is my first visit to China, so I'm really looking forward to it.

Going to all these different countries is great but it's not the holiday I'm sure some people think it is.

You usually see the hotel you're staying in and the shooting ground you're competing at, and that's about it!

We train from about 9am until 4pm, and I probably go through 150-200 cartridges in day - it's quite an expensive business

Before travelling to Beijing, I'd been doing a lot of training with the rest of the GB team with our coach Marcello Dradi in Bologna.

I travel to Italy twice a month for at least a week at a time from my home in East Sussex, where my parents run a shooting ground.

I also shoot at the National Shooting Centre at Bisley four or five times a month, possibly less if I'm in Italy a lot.

In Bologna, we train from about 9am until 4pm. I probably go through 150-200 cartridges in day. They cost around 188 for 1,000, so with the whole team doing the same it's quite an expensive business.

I clean my own shotgun, usually at the end of the week. It was specially made for me by the Italian company Perazzi and cost 5,000, so I do try to look after it!

The accommodation, restaurant and shooting ground are all on one site, so we stay together and train together as a team, which is good for building team spririt.


Marcello is a very good coach. I'm quite a stubborn person and don't like a lot of change, so I'm not afraid to tell him when I don't agree with him, but he's okay with that.

We don't have a gym but I like to do some cycling when I'm there. I use the gym when I'm at home, mainly for aerobic workouts. I don't do that many weights but tend to concentrate on core fitness.

In terms of working on my concentration and the mental side of things, I don't do a lot because I just find I am so focussed when it comes to competition. I don't know how I do it, it just happens.

Hopefully, all the hard work will pay off at the World Cup in Beijing - I'll let you know how I got on when I return to the UK.

Charlotte Kerwood was talking to BBC Sport's Mark Barden. She won double trap gold at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has enjoyed World Cup success in Olympic trap. The British Olympic shooting team is scheduled to be named in June.

see also
Kerwood aiming for Beijing glory
31 Jan 08 |  Shooting
Team GB for Beijing
29 Nov 07 |  Team GB

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