In the crosshairs: Katie Knowles

Katie shoots 10 Metre pistol and won both Silver and Gold at the Junior International 2018

How did you get involved in shooting?

When I was 12 years old I decided to take up Modern Pentathlon. There were only a few national competitions a year, so I started to attend competitions for 10M pistol shooting.  I competed and won Bronze in the Junior Commonwealth Championships in South Africa in 2015.

How much time will you spend practising?

I started a full-time job in 2019 as a physiotherapist so I’m still trying to figure out a training plan that means I get the most out of my time. At the moment I try to make it to my local range in Aberdeen at least four times per week, from one hour up to four hours on weekends.

Which of your shooting achievements are you most proud of?

Despite competing for GB in Junior European and World Championships, my proudest achievement is my latest performance at the Welsh Open 2019. As this was one of my first times competing as a senior after turning 21 at the start of the year, I was pleased to achieve a personal best and come home with a bronze and silver medal.

Do you stick to a particular airgun?

For my 13th birthday, I was very lucky to be able to shoot a Steyr LP10, which I have been shooting with ever since! My favourite part of my pistol is the grip. I have an XS grip on it which is moulded to my hand so it’s pretty perfect – this also means no one else gets to use it as their hand never fits!

What advice can you give to youngsters getting into the sport?

Surround yourself with positive people who want to support you and your goals. Sport has many ups and downs, so be sure to learn from the setbacks and don’t forget to celebrate the wins!

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