Emily Blount, A Shooter's Story
I am Emily Blount from Tucson, Arizona,
a junior at Purdue University in Indiana. I am majoring in Electrical
Engineering and doing research at the Birck Nanotechnology Center.
I am 20 years old, 5'5" tall with blue eyes and long blond
hair. I love to read, bike ride, roller blade, swim, and horseback
ride. I am a life member of the NRA, ATA, NSSA, and the Tucson
Trap and Skeet Gun club.
Achievement: My biggest achievement would be
at this past World Championship last August held at Nicosia,
Cyprus. I was going to defend my title of Junior Lady Skeet
World Champion. I’ve been told that defending a title is
always harder than claiming it, but I tried not to think
about that during the competition. During the shoot, I was
neck and neck with a girl from Slovakia, and we tied in the
end with scores of 70/75. This led to a shoot-off, before
which I was surprisingly calm with a slight bit of adrenaline
(not as nerve wracked as I thought I’d be.) I won the shoot
off hitting the reverse double on station four, and became
a two time world champion!
Most recently: In
May I completed the second half of the selection matches for the 2008
Olympics. Even though I shot a personal best score, when it was combined
with the first half of the selection matches I came in fourth place.
Looking on the bright side, in the final round, I shot a score of 25
perfectly. Every shot was perfectly timed, and every break was solid.
It felt great. I still am proud of my accomplishments so far, and I’ll
continue training for the 2012 Olympics in London. Besides, the saying
goes, “It’s not the destination that matters, but how you get there.”
What’s Next: National Championships will be
held in July 2008. I aim to get on the National Team once again, and
continue shooting personal bests. After Nationals is the Selection match
for the World Clay Target Championships in September. Since I am no
longer a junior, I must place third or better to make both the National
Team and the World Championship team. Wish me luck!
taken by Catheryn Czubek
My dad, Larry Blount and I are out on the field for a typical
day of practice