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Local represents NZ in Croatia

FOR THE past two years, Aria clay target shooter Natalie Foss has been smashing competitions across the North and South Islands, culminating in her recent trip to the ISSF Trap World Championship held in Croatia in September. To qualify for Croatia, Natalie had to shoot high enough scores in competitions here, but that was no problem as she was the second highest ladies qualifier in New Zealand.

The competition saw 77 countries from 5 different continents taking part. Natalie competed in the individual junior girls and mixed team events and finished 29th. At 17yrs old, Natalie was one of the younger shooters in the competition and will be able to compete in this sport as a junior until she is 21.

Natalie says she gained invaluable experience that she will be able to use going forward, and is very grateful for the generous donation she received from the Piopio Charitable Trust that went towards the costs associated with this trip.

While clay target shooting comes in many forms, Natalie has concentrated on Down the Line (DTL), which is standard gun club clay target shooting and also ISSF, which has a much higher level of difficulty than DTL. ISSF is an aggregate score shot of over 5 rounds of 25 targets per round, and is the discipline used at the Olympics. Natalie’s personal best in this discipline is 110. The top 8 scores then go through to 2 semi finals (4 in each), which is reduced to a final of 4 shooters.

Natalie is the current North Island open ladies champion in ISSF and the current school girl North Island Single Rise champion in DTL. She was recently awarded her sports/honours blazer at New Plymouth Girls High School.

Natalie has also been successful in gaining a high performance sports scholarship through Lincoln University for next year worth $6000. This scholarship also provides an invaluable mentoring programme.
Birdtalk Magazine Oct/Nov 22