30 January 2014
Air Force shooter Corporal (CPL) Amy Hatcher has her sights set on representing New Zealand at the World Shooting Championships in America next year.
And it seems CPL Hatcher is right on target after she took home five trophies following the prestigious national Ballinger Belt tournament held at Trentham last week.
Amongst her clutch of prizes, the daughter of former national shooter Alan Hatcher took out the award for top Wellington lady and top U25 in the Ballinger Belt. She also finished first in the Service section of the competition.
“I’ve competed in the Ballinger Belt since 2006 and as the oldest known sporting trophy in New Zealand, it’s a great competition to take part in,” she said.
Now CPL Hatcher hopes her full-bore shooting form will continue when she trials for the New Zealand team in March.
“The national team will be chosen following the trials and then go straight into a training camp in preparation for the World Champs in America next year.”
If successful it will be CPL Hatcher’s second World Championship after she Captained the New Zealand U25’s in Brisbane in 2011. Last year the now 24-year-old competed in the tri-nations event in South Africa where the New Zealand team finished second behind the host nation.
Based at Air Movements at Wellington Airport as a junior Non Commissioned Officer (NCO), CPL Hatcher also enjoys playing hockey for service teams alongside her shooting commitments.
The Palmerston North woman is also vice-president of the Wellington Rifle Association and was last year instrumental in publishing a special photo-book profiling the history of the National Rifle Association as a fundraising exercise.
“A copy of the book was presented to Chief of Army, Major General Dave Gawn last week at the Ballinger Belt prizegiving - that meant a lot to me,” she said.
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