I'm entering the festive season with heightened focus and determination (if that is possible!) Also with a great win under my belt at the Surrey Open Championships. It was a tense final with many of the top GB shooters competing. My performance in the final was world class and was truly gratifying to know that my hard work training is paying off.
December hosts the first international competition of this season in Luxembourg. This is a good competition to go to, as I have done for many years, increasing the level of competition as well as having three opportunities to compete.
Training will continue despite Christmas, especially with my annual Christmas run and/or horse ride in the crisp winter air around Dartmoor!
October showed my hard work training over the summer is paying off. The Welsh Championships were held in Cardiff this month, where I shot the best I have for a while. I made a couple of mistakes which brought my score down and I was still just 2 points from the GB qualifying score needed for 2015.
My next big competition is in Luxembourg just before Christmas, which is also a GB qualifying competition. In preparation for this I'll be competing at Bisley a few times as good match practice.
I had the great pleasure last week of returning to Buda Farm in Chagford to visit the members of the Mid Devon pony club tetrathlon team, in their shooting training session. This was where I first learnt to shoot with Patrick and Pip Bugg. Therefore returning to help Patrick coach the talented local young athletes was such fun. I look forward to returning in the Christmas period to see their developments.