Tansley-based clay pigeon shooter Caroline Povey is celebrating winning the ladies title at the UK Championships in the Olympic Trap category for a record fourth time.
Caroline has been shooting competitively for about ten years and trains at her father’s range, the Joe Neville Shooting School in Tansley.
Olympic Trap is one of the three clay shooting disciplines contested at the Olympics. Targets are set to travel at varying angles and elevations up to a distance of 76 metres.
Caroline said: “It takes years of training to reach a high level in Olympic Trap shooting and I am thankful that I have such a good coach in my father, former Olympian Joe Neville.”
Caroline has been a regular member of the Great Britain team since 2004, but has recently had 18 months away from the sport, after having a baby last summer.
“I only started training again in March this year, so I am thrilled to have won the UK Championships. It is the culmination of a fantastic year that has seen me top the British rankings and win the ladies event for England in the Home International.”
Caroline is now ranked third in the UK and is hoping to be selected to compete for Great Britain in the 2012 World Cups. The first World Cup of 2012 will take place in March and the team will be announced later this year.
Joe Neville added: “Caroline is a naturally talented shooter and I have high hopes for her if she is selected to compete in the World Cup events next year.”