TRAP shooter Teegan McCloy is confident she’s on target to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.
McCloy, 20, formerly of Old Bar but now based in Newcastle, will contest the junior women’s trap event at the ISSF World Shotgun Championships in Lima Peru in September. This is her last year as a junior.
The Australian team for Glasgow will be named next April and McCloy says she’ll pour all her energy into making the cut. Two shooters will be named for the women’s trap. McCloy’s currently ranked No 4 in Australia in the discipline, although she trails the top three by a fair margin, according to information on the Australian International Shooting website. Still, McCloy believes she has time on her side.
McCloy and Penny Smith from Victoria will shoot at Peru and McCloy is confident they’re capable of finishing at the pointy end of the competition.
“I’ve had some good results internationally this year,’’ she said.
This includes leading the field into the final in a World Cup event held in Germany. McCloy concedes she didn’t finish as well as she started, but still managed a fifth overall in open competition.
She also shot in a World Cup event in Spain this year.
“I’m chalking up plenty of frequent flyer points,’’ she laughed.
In fact, she was waiting for a flight when the Times caught up with her.
While a place on the plane bound for Glasgow is in her sights, McCloy admits she’s aiming for Rio in 2016 and the Olympic Games.
“Competing at the Olympics is the pinnacle for all sports,’’ she said.
“That’s my ambition.’’
She’ll be 23 then and will have gained even further experience shooting internationally. But McCloy points out that unlike most sports, advancing age isn’t a problem for shooters. Some of the world’s top competitors are well into their 50s or even 60s. So missing out on Rio wouldn’t be the end of the dream.
“If I’m good enough I could go to a couple of Olympics,’’ she reasons.
McCloy trains up to three times a week and looks to compete every weekend.
“I think that’s the best training - competing,’’ she says.
McCloy was the Manning River Times Sportstar of the Year in 2010 - making her the 50th winner of the award.
It was back-to-back wins for the family as her brother was the leading sport achiever in 2009, also for shooting.
Russell’s since dropped out of the sport, however, Teegan said there’s another sibling starting to make her mark.
“My younger sister, Maddison - you’ll be hearing about her soon,’’ she predicted.
“I’m hoping that one day we’ll represent Australia together.’’