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Inside the NJOSC: The Hard Work of Volunteers Make It Possible


The ball started rolling on

November 16th in Anniston, Ala. and at a new host site in Reno, Nev. These were the fi rst two out of 81 different State Junior Olympic match- es that took place in all but two states across the coun- try. Ranging in size from three participants to more than 80, these matches de- termined who would make the cut to compete in the Na- tional Junior Olympic Shoot- ing Championships (NJOSC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. In total, there were more than 2,300 starts for the right to compete with the nation’s elite juniors. There were potential collegiate scholar- ships and National Junior Team appointments on the line making this match the most competitive match of the year for many of our youngsters.

The NJOSC spanned

three weeks and is a col- lection of 350 of the best juniors this country has to offer. There are four differ- ent disciplines that are shot (Air Pistol, Sport Pistol, Air Rifl e, Smallbore/3P Rifl e) for a total of 16 National Junior Team appointments (top two in each discipline). To put it in perspective, we had a total of 14,560 pellets that were shot by our ladies and 21,840 by our men for the two-day competition of Air Rifl e and Air Pistol. Match staff was very much ap- preciative of the upgraded range and electronic targets as last year we scored every one of these shots by hand! What many aren’t aware

of is the work that takes place behind the scenes. The competition is not possi- ble without the use of volun- teers and competitions staff alike. Volunteers are listed on the following page and it is with our deepest appre- ciation that we thank them for their time and efforts during the match. Alongside

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the efforts of our fantastic intern Lauren Grinewich, this group was able to run the pistol portion of the match while Pete Carson and I were running the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup USA in Tucson, Ariz. I speak for the competitions depart- ment when I say how grate- ful we are to have had such a capable and fl exible staff in place.

The ball rolled to a stop

on April 26th after the last shot of the men’s smallbore competition. It has been a tremendous competition this year and we appreciate all those involved. Without

A total of 14,560 pellets were shot by our ladies and 21,840 by our men for the two-day competition of Air Rifl e and Air Pistol. Match staff was appreciative of the upgraded range and electronic targets as last year they scored every one of these shots by hand!

the hard work of State JO hosts and competitions staff we would not have been able to help 16 athletes reach the top of their sport. Olym- pic dreams start at the front door of all of our state host clubs and come to fruition here in Colorado Springs. As always, the NJOSC is about the kids and we were pleased to reappoint and add

new National Junior

Team members. We will see you all next fall when the ball starts rolling again!

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