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involved in a sport as a kid, roughly the same principles carry over. In short, “If they were involved in any sports when they were


younger,


that experience translates into the ability to coach, and all they have to learn is the mechanics of the shooting sports.” Nowicki is just one of


many women coaches and shooters that are involved in the sport. Shooting is not gender oriented, and it al- lows everyone to attempt to be the best that they can be. “I enjoy being an ambas-


sador,” she said. “Since shooting is viewed by people as being a male-dominated sport, it is nice to surprise people with my hobby. Peo- ple tend to be more open to learn about the sport and listen to what I do.” In the end a ten is a ten;


that’s all that matters. No- wicki knows that. She sees


the importance of rais- ing up a new generation of shooters to keep the sport alive, and she is not alone. Shooting is not simply about shooting well but rather striv- ing for excellence. For some young shooters, shooting al- lows them to truly see what they are made of and grow up to be not only successful shooters, but well-rounded individuals. No matter the gender, it is important


to


realize that shooting is not gender biased and results speak for themselves. About the Author: Mi-


chael Nowicki is a sopho- more studying journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. He learned competitive air rifl e as a member of the Arling- ton International Airgun Club (AIAC) and he continues to be an avid enthusiast of the shooting sports.


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