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JO 2013 National Junior Olympic Championships


2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships Showcase Sport’s Heartbeat


The heartbeat of sport is greatest in the youth that compete in it. You don’t grow programs without it. That much was on display once again at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships, the yearly exhibition that demonstrates the strength of the shooting sports along with the passion it takes to play this game by all involved – competitors, parents, coaches, volunteers and administrators.


This year, over 2,200 individual


participants stepped to the fi ring lines across 47 states utilizing 80 different USA Shooting clubs. The NJOSC program has been growing in size and stature to become the elite youth shooting competition in the country, allowing athletes to gather for a one-of-a-kind experience. State champions and those who qualify via high scores are invited to Colorado Springs to compete in the NJSOC.


“The Junior Olympic Program


has grown to become the premier youth shooting event in the country,” said USA Shooting’s National Junior Olympic Program Coordinator Tyler Anderson. “The 2,300 plus participants in the state level competition show what an honor it is to be invited to compete at this level.” The competition takes place


over a three-week period with over 500 of the fi nest junior shooters in attendance. The top-


two fi nishers in each event earn a spot on USA Shooting’s National Junior Team. The 17-day event features shooting matches in Men’s & Women’s Pistol (Air/ Sport) and Rifl e (Air/Smallbore). “The Junior Olympic Shooting Championships is the next step in the development of any junior shooter and his or her Olym- pic Path,” said 1992 Olympian and USA Shooting’s Director of Operations, Dave Johnson. The ranks of USA Shooting’s


all-time greatest shooters fueled their competitive drives at the NJOSC. With a combination of both high-school and collegiate level shooters, it’s an event that builds the foundation from which


This year, over 2,200 indi- vidual participants stepped to the fi ring lines across 47 states utilizing 80 diff erent USA Shooting clubs. The NJOSC program has been growing in size and stature to become the elite youth shooting competition in the country.


Pictured: Rachel Garner (Celina, Texas) won her spot in the 3P Women’s Rifl e Final in a shoot-off. 30 USA Shooting News | May 2013


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