I actually only got introduced to the sport a little over four years ago, by my partner who is also an avid shooter. We went to our local clay ground, and unfortunately for him I was hooked straight away and never looked back.
I was very fortunate as I started shooting, ladies clubs had a huge influence on social media. I managed to be a part of some incredible ladies' groups that gave me the confidence and support to start shooting regular competitions. I am very grateful for the support I had from these groups and the lifelong friends I made through them.
I now work very closely with Dynamic Ladies Shooting Club which is ran and owned by a very good friend of mine Mars. I help her in promoting and encouraging more ladies to get involved in shooting and help giving them the confidence to get into competitive clay shooting.
Find your tribe! Ladies' clubs are brilliant for being introduced to the sport, likeminded ladies can give you the confidence and support within your shooting journey. If there isn't a ladies club near you, then find yourself a reputable instructor, your local ground can help with an introduction to shooting days which are excellent for taster sessions - but I really think you will be hooked!
This changes, depending on what day you ask me! I predominately shoot trap, and this is my preferred discipline, but I also enjoy shooting sporting and will use this for my 'down time' away from training and competitions.
Ask away, I love helping & mentoring others.
This is easy, the best advice I was given was to filter all advice given! As women we get a lot of unsolicited advice when shooting, not all advice is good advice. Everyone will shoot differently and have different styles etc, what works for one person may not work from you. Only take the bits advice that work for you and say 'thank you' but ignore the bits that won’t work for you personally.
Food! Anyone who knows me, and shoots, will know that I also have to eat before shooting and have a bag full of snacks for in-between layouts. A hungry Alix is not a happy Alix!
What's the most heard misconception within shooting?
This is tricky as there’s a lot of misconceptions within the sport, personally, the most heard misconception is that trap shooting is boring! I may be biased on that misconception; my partner also disagrees that this is a misconception.
When shooting I will always reach for my wellies or pull up boots, but during hunting and falconry I always go for the lace up boots so I’m probably 50/50 on this one.
This is a tough one as I'm a sucker for a good brew, and this is normally my go-to for a hot drink. But if you’ve got flavoured lattes, I won’t even look at a cup of tea!
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