GLASGOW: England’s Charlotte Kerwood first picked up a shotgun when she was just 12 years old back in 1999.
Just three years later, in 2002, she became one of the youngest shooters to win a gold in the double trap event at the Manchester Commonwealth Games.
She continued her meteoric rise when she gunned down two more golds at the 2006 Melbourne Games – in the double trap individual and pair.
Now, even after 15 years, she still gets a buzz each time she competes.
The 27-year-old Kerwood is now ready to continue from where she left off by making another lasting impression at the Glasgow Games shooting competition, which begins on Thursday at the Barry Buddon Shooting Range in Carnoustie.
“I was not selected for the last Games in New Delhi. I accepted the decision but I never gave up hope and I’m glad that I’ve managed to fight my way back into the team,” said Kerwood.
“I have just grown to love this sport very much. The beginning was tough. The gun was heavy and there were bruises but I got used to it.
“My parents owned a shooting ground, so it naturally happened. Initially, not many thought that I could make it in this male-dominated sport, but when I started winning, everything changed,” added the bubbly Kerwood, who is one of the most adored shooters in the England team.
Her aim now is to help the team meet their four-gold target.