We caught up with Paralympic shooter Lorraine Lambert who represented Great Britain at the Rio Games back in 2016…
How did you get involved in shooting?
I started shooting through the Nautical Training Corps, as I was a member of TS Ajax in Portsmouth and was part of the marksmanship team. I next picked up a gun when I took part in the LimbPower games in the May of 2010, after I had my leg off in January 2010 as a result of a historic rock climbing accident.
How much time do you spend practising your shooting?
I shoot four events – two air rifle events and two .22 events – so I train hard in several disciplines. My training takes many forms, from weight work and cardio in the gym or pool, to live and dry training on the range. My approximate range time is three to four days a week.
Which of your shooting achievements are you most proud of?
Although I didn’t medal in Rio, I made the finals in my first-ever Paralympic Games, and I am very proud of my achievement there. The one that sticks in my mind most is the first-ever podium place with the individual Gold air prone (10m) medal, which I won in Sharjah in the UAE in 2011.
What advice can you give to youngsters getting into the hobby?
The advice I would give to any youngsters getting into shooting is first, find a really good club near you and have a go at both air rifle and pistol, both target and field gun. And most important, enjoy the sport: it’s a great sport to be in.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank British Shooting for their continued support with providing top-quality coaching; my coach Mike Babb; and our support staff, including psychologist Sascha Hanns. Also I would like to thank Perform Southampton for making me their sports ambassador; and finally the National Lottery, and everyone who does the lottery each week.