We recently sat down with Target Sprint shooter, Isabel Moore and discussed her passion for the sport.
What do you enjoy about Target Sprint?
There’s so much I could say! I really love the race itself and the adrenaline rush you get from competing. I also love the training camps we do at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, we really push ourselves and the coaches are awesome.
What made you decide to give this sport a go?
I first found out about Target Sprint through Gorgs Geike at British Shooting, she told me that there was a round of the National Series near me so I decided to give it a go. When I turned up I was really nervous but the team were so encouraging I was instantly hooked!
Which is your favourite Air Arms air rifle?
That’s easy, my S400 MPR Sporter. It’s so reliable and accurate and I use it for both my Target Sprint and Sporter competitions.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
My biggest challenge has been to improve my physical fitness, coming from a shooting background I needed to work on my running and my core strength. I’ve also had to work hard to understand my nutritional needs as an athlete and have had to increase my calorie intake, it’s much harder than it sounds!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to give the sport a try?
Get involved, come along to one of the National Series events and enter or just turn up and watch as this will give you a good idea of what’s involved. Also look out for the Air Arms Experience which is run at various events around the country. You can have a go at shooting an MPR at the knock down targets without the pressure of a race.
What are your goals for 2018?
My number one goal is to get reselected to the GB Target Sprint Squad. I also want to do well at the National Series events and would love to win the Youth Female category at the National Finals in October.
How did you feel when you knocked down your first target?
It’s was really satisfying, I was addicted straight away and wanted to do it again.
What are the most difficult things about Target Sprint?
I find it really hard to control my pace during the three 400m runs, you have to manage your energy to make sure you have enough to do three fast sprints. Controlling my breathing on the firing point is also very difficult as you have to learn when to take the shot at the right time.
What have you learnt from Target Sprint?
I’ve learnt that it takes more than running round a track to be a good runner. Learning about core strength and nutrition has meant I’m a better runner than I thought I could be. I’ve also learnt how to shoot fast, a very different approach to shooting than when I’m competing at Sporter competition
What are your plans for the future?
To keep competing for the GB Target Sprint Squad. It would be great to do some competitions in other countries. One day I’d love to see Target Sprint at the Olympics and get the opportunity to compete at that level.