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Paterson (Kansas City, Kan.) continues to pres- ent itself every time she steps to the line. She exited the USA Shooting National Championships as one of the youngest National Team members ever by virtue of her silver medal in the Women’s Air Pistol event. In Pilsen, she earned a trip to the fi nals in the event and fi nished sixth overall. Her score, combined with that of her teammates Alana Townsend (Kalispell, Mont.) and Darian Shenk (Annville, Pa.) helped earn the U.S. Team a fi fth-place fi nish over- all. Townsend fi nished in 18th position while Shenk was 28th. Cindy Chung (Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Janice Choi (La Puenta,


25th, Kim placed 40th and Chong placed 53rd in the fi eld of 65 shooters. In the team event, Brown, Kim and Chong placed 12th of 14 teams. On the shotgun side,


Elizabeth Gratz (center) won gold in Women’s 10m Air Rifl e in Pilsen.


Calif.) fi nished 30th and 45th. In other results, Tony Chung


(Diamond Bar, Calif.) and Brian Kim (Los Angeles, Calif.) fi nished 20th and 21st in Men’s Rapid


Fire Pistol while Paul Chong (Fon- tana, Calif.) was 24th in Free Pistol. In 10m Men’s Air Pistol, Wyatt Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) placed


South Georgia Youth Shooting Club coach Mike Simpson took four young trap shooters to Suhl, Germany, for an Interna- tional Junior World Cup event. Representing the U.S. in the competition were Jakob Kelson, Hannah Houston, Will Hinton and Kim Bowers. Bowers won a silver


medal in Women’s Trap at the event.


Club Advice


CLUB’S TOP 10 WAYS to Keep Kids Serious about Shooting BY JIM SHAVER, NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER SHOOTING CLUB


#10 Keep the kids thinking about the “Path Ahead”—learning the sport; club, state and national competitions; college; Olympic Games.


#9 Teach them work ethic required to succeed in the sport—“if it is to be, it’s up to me.”


#8 Credible coaching is critical— train and educate your coaches so the kids can believe in them.


#7 Coach kids to compete—match- es measure progress on the Olympic Path.


#6 Coaches must be motivators— shooting is 10 percent technique and


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90 percent mental and 74 percent of the mental part is the WANT to do it.


#5 Organize and execute—kids and parents need to see that they have a good, well run club to help them to get on, and stay on the Olympic Path.


#4 Focus training on meeting short term goals—kids thrive on success.


#3 Understand parents need training too—parents of serious kids want to learn the sport, how to be good parents of athletes and they need to get committed to the Olympic Path.


#2 Be patient—hey, they’re kids! Rarely do they understand things the fi rst time, and normally they have a better way.


#1 Be serious about them having fun (and coaches too)—make that part of the program.


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