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Volunteer of the Year

By Pete Carson Director of Competitions

Kathy Gregory Named 2015 USA Shooting Volunteer of the Year

If you’ve attended one

of USA Shooting’s Shotgun events within the last two years, you are bound to be familiar with the name “Events Lady.” This name FDQ RQO\ À W RQH VXSHULRU YRO unteer who is being crowned as USA Shooting’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year: Kathy Gregory. Kathy hails from College

Station, Texas and serves as a teacher for A&M Consoli- dated Middle School. Prior to that, she served as the Senior Software Trainer for Texas A&M as well as Dell. After teaching hours are complete, Kathy volunteers with the Brazos County 4-H Sportsman’s Club, where she assists with club activi- ties and training.

The Bo-

swell Porter Shotgun Range, WKH QRQ SURÀ W UDQJH VROHO\ for the use of the members of the Brazos County 4-H Sportsman’s Club, is often where Kathy, her husband Jeff and daughter Gayla (a USA Shooting nationally

ranked shotgun shooter) can be found. It’s a true fam- ily affair with all members of the Gregory family par- ticipating in the sport from coaching to volunteering to competing around the world as Gayla has done. .DWK\ À UVW JRW KHU VWDUW DW

volunteering back in 2013 at USA Shooting’s Spring Se- lection in Fort Benning, Geor- gia. Kathy recalls being excit- ed to begin her volunteering with USA Shooting with the highlight being recording 9LQFHQW +DQFRFN·V À UVW straight. From there, Kathy has played an integral role in all shotgun events, assisting match staff and allowing the shoot to run smoothly. When asked what her favorite part of volunteering was, Kathy said, “getting to interact with all the participants and help out the new shooters as I of- À FLDOO\ ZHOFRPH WKHP WR WKH ‘Secret Shooting Society’” (what Kathy refers to as the ins-and-outs of the interna- tional shooting world).

Kathy was fully cata-

pulted into the administra- tive side of running a match when she served as a lead in the 2014 Fall Selection in Tillar, Arkansas. Kathy as- sisted in running the shoot at one of USA Shooting’s newest locations, adding to the stress of an already busy event. From there, she said she was hooked. “It was a great opportu-

nity to see the backside of a shooting event and to get to know the staff and parents all so well,” Kathy said. Kathy is a well-respect- ed and highly appreciated member of our team. She constantly has a smile and is willing to get her hands dirty when needed with the not-so-glamorous sides of

an event, like cleaning the bathrooms at night. She makes everyone laugh and feel welcome, which is huge when a new shooter comes on site.

USA Shooting is lucky

to have such an amazing volunteer/friend and we sincerely congratulate you, Kathy Gregory, on being USA Shooting’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year! Interested in becoming

a volunteer for USA Shoot- ing? It’s simple! WR À QG RXW PRUH 2XU YROXQ

teers are more than refer- ees; they are the mainstay of our events.

Please email Pete Carson at pete.

Top: Kathy (right) and Gayla (left) at the fi rst part of Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun in Tucson, Arizona.

Below: (left to right) Kathy, Gayla and Jeff at Olympic Team Trials.

March 2016 | USA Shooting News 25

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