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To Beijing and back... then Texas

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Charlotte Kerwood won double trap gold at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and has enjoyed World Cup success in Olympic trap.

This August she is aiming for success in her first appearance at the Olympic Games.

Iíve been doing a lot of travelling lately, with World Cup events in Beijing and Kerville in Texas, as well as my regular trips to train in Italy with the Team GB head coach Marcello Dradi.

I really enjoyed Beijing and had a great time there. I had hoped to reach the final of my event, but I shot two really good rounds and a bad one, so I didnít make it.

I wasnít too disappointed as I did a lot more shooting than I normally would in a competition, and I got familiar with the Olympic facilities.

We were there for 12 days, and I had such a good time that I didnít want to come home!

We had plenty of time to get over the journey - it was a week before we started competing, so we had a few days chilling out, then we began practising and also went on some trips.

If I go to the Olympics, Iím really looking forward to staying in the athletes village
We went to see the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, which were fantastic, and we also drove past the ĎBirdís Nestí Olympic Stadium.

We stayed in a hotel this time, but if Iím selected for the Games I will be in the Olympic Village with all the other competitors.

I stayed in the athletes village at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and absolutely loved it.

You get to meet people from so many different sports and countries, so if I go to the Olympics, Iím really looking forward to staying in the village because everything there is going to be bigger and better.

When I got back from China, I took part in the GB team selection competition for next year. I already know that Iím in the team, but it was good to get some extra competition practice.

I didnít perform that well early on but in the final I shot 24 out of 25 to come second. As it was a single-barrel event, I was really pleased with that.

Iíve just got back from the Kerville and I loved it out there as well, even though I just missed out on the final. There were three of us shooting off for the two places and unfortunately I missed.

But I watched Richard Faulds win a double trap silver medal. He shot really well, I was so happy for him.

Although I didn't make the final, I was really pleased with how I shot, so I feel like itís all going well Ė I just donít want to peak too soon!

I feel like Iím improving as we get nearer to the Olympics, but I donít feel any pressure because I haven't had to win things.

Last year was different because I was trying to make sure I DID well enough and be high enough in the rankings to be selected for the Games.

Iíve got two more World Cup events coming up, one in Suhl, Germany, and one in Belgrade quite close together in June.

Then thereís the European Championshipsin Cyprus in July, but Iím not sure I want to go as they are quite close to the Olympics.

At the moment, I'm thinking I should train through July and then be really fresh for the Games, rather than getting too tired and doing too much travelling.

The British shooting team for the Olympics is officially announced in early June, so watch this space!

Charlotte Kerwood was talking to BBC Sport's Mark Barden

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comment by Mike (U7291971)

posted May 22, 2008

Good Luck !


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posted May 26, 2008

Best of luck Charlotte, but don't get in the habit of 'resting' between comps as I find it takes longer to get back on song again. I find it better to just go out and enjoy an informal shoot just for the fun of it without any pressure and just improve your technique so it becomes second nature.

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posted Jul 18, 2008

Good luck to you!

By the way, I know that a couple of Aussies and New Zealanders trained in Hebei Province of China, about just 160 miles south of Beijing. Been there a few times, the shooting facilities looked good. Why a few foreigners have chosen to train there I'm not sure. But that club has produced a few Olympic gold medalists.

Anyway, all the best

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posted Aug 8, 2008

Good luck to you and the rest of the shooting team Charlotte - you're carrying a torch for a great sport which I hope will become more accessible in the UK at some point. Now I live in the US it's not an issue but it sure cost me a lot back home!

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