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Shooting update: Charlotte Kerwood Olympic journey

The below article was featured in the Kent and Sussex Courier a couple of months ago, about MUSTO-sponsored Charlotte Kerwood and her Olympic training:

‘Shooter’s Olympic journey starts now: Coming months see Charlotte Kerwood travelling all over the world

My quest to secure a spot on the Olympic shooting team could leave me feeling a bit like Phileas Fogg over the next few months.

While I might not quite be travelling around the world in 80 days, I’ll certainly see plenty of exotic places as my year unfolds.  I’m writing this column from Kuwait, of all places.  There’s a simple reason for this of course, the weather.  I’ve got the first World Cup event of 2011 over in Chile, in just a couple of weeks’ time and it’s a bit too cold for my liking back home.

The weather is so unpredictable.  Sometimes training has to be called off because of snow, wind and rain.  Also, I am a big wimp, so I get cold easily and you can’t wear too many clothes doing my sport otherwise your gun will not fit properly!

So at the moment, I am enjoying shooting in shorts and t-shirts, with the sun on my back – sorry guys.  There is also a competition on here at the end of the week, so it’s good to get in a little practice before heading to South America.

This year is going to be a huge one for me.  If 2012 is potentially the biggest of my life, then this is definitely the most important.’

‘The season starts early with the first three World Cup events happening all before the end of April.  We have Chile, beginning of March, Sydney, end of March and Beijing, in April.  These will all count towards being selected for the Olympic team.  We also have five selection shoots in the UK throughout the year, with the first three counting towards the final World Cup in Maribor.

On top of that there’s the European Championships and World Championships in August and September respectively.  To
say it’s going to be a busy year is an understatement.  The selectors will look at how we have performed abroad, most importantly, and also the selections at home, then make their decision.  Only one lady in my event from GB can go, so it’s tough competition.

All I can say is, it’s my dream to compete in front of my own fans at the biggest show on Earth and I’ll be trying my hardest to make it.  I’ve heard the schedule and ticket prices have just been formally released for the London Games.  For anyone who might be put off by the prices I would say this – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people in the UK to watch the top athletes from all over the world compete and also your chance to support Team GB.  Don’t miss it.

Charlotte Kerwood is an ambassador for performance clothing brand MUSTO.  For more information go to musto.com

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