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Counting down to the Olympics with Charlotte Kerwood

LONDON CALLING: Top trap shooter Charlotte Kerwood is one of the team of London 2012 hopefuls writing for Metro throughout their build-up to the Olympics

‘When I went to the Beijing Olympics I was just 21 but the experience I gained should be invaluable if I get the nod for London. It’s a crucial time (it always is!) and I’ve made the shortlist for selection now.

There are two trials, the first coming in March in Tucson, America, which is our first World Cup event of the season. Then it is on to London itself for the test event at the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich. After that the team is named so, fingers crossed, I’ll have done enough to make the cut.

I decided to come to Melbourne for an extended period of time this winter as I wanted to get some practice in the warm. I’m very lucky as I stay with Lauryn and Russell Mark, who compete for Australia.  It’s true I do love the sun but it’s actually very beneficial to get some rays while I’m out here. Analysis and rest are an important part of each session and the longer Australian days help with this.

Training went well in November and I returned home for Christmas knowing I’d done a good job.  I really wanted to spend time with my family and friends after being away and Christmas was lovely, it was really great to relax and made even better as I found  out just before that I made the Team GB shortlist.

It’s the next step towards what I’ve been training so hard for.  The work didn’t stop completely over Christmas, though – I can’t go more than five days without shooting as withdrawal symptoms kick in!  It’s a good thing as it means practice never becomes a chore.

Now it is a month’s training and then the Aussie nationals in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Like all sports, training is essential but there’s nothing like the pressure and atmosphere of top-class competition.’

(Originally published in the METRO)

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