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Somerset shooter Abbey Burton is aiming for gold

Oliver Scott
BBC Radio Bristol Blast Reporter

Abbey Burton
As well as being a successful sport shooter, Burton is a qualified instructor

Ambitious 2012 hopeful Abbey Burton is clearly not short on confidence in her bid to become an Olympic gold medallist.

"Getting there is the pedestal and once you're there it's winning the gold medal," she told BBC Radio Bristol.

The Wellington-based shooter was recently selected to compete in the trap event at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this year.

She is eager to take on the country's finest: "I do fancy my chances because I think that I am as good as any other Great Britain shooter."

Despite being only 23 she has already tasted success, after becoming a European gold and world silver medallist.

She is hoping to win even more at both the Commonwealth Games in October and the Olympic Games in 2012.

"There are big expectations, high hopes. It's always something that's an ambition. It's a big goal," she said.

My grandfather got me into it. He was a gamekeeper so he used to look after pheasants, partridges and things like that

Abbey Burton

"You've got to give it your all, try and learn and learn from every experience that you have and just hope the correct opportunity arises when it matters."

Burton got into the relatively unknown sport through her family, and has had to improve quickly to get where she is today.

"My grandfather got me into it. He was a gamekeeper so he used to look after pheasants, partridges and things like that," she said.

"I went for lessons in High Wycombe on clays, and I just caught the bug from there really."

She also has her own instructing school to help kids take up the sport, and appears in a number of YouTube videos that offer a visual guide to improving technique.

"The instructor thing for me was a job option to fit in with my shooting and training schedule and because it was something I obviously knew I was good at I went on at it as a profession," said Burton.

She believes it is important to inspire youngsters at an early age, the future of the sport relies on it.

"As long as they have a really good first experience it is more likely that they'll come back to it at some point later in the future."

Unfortunately for the children though, improving their shooting accuracy with a shotgun will not make them better at their video games.

Burton joked: "It's a little bit different to the Nintendo Wii and all that, because even I admit I am rubbish at those games."



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