Steph in gunning for pistol glory

Steph Courty on the podium after her gold-medal-winning performance at the English 25-metre Championships.
Steph Courty on the podium after her gold-medal-winning performance at the English 25-metre Championships.

Pistol shooter Steph Courty has admitted that her England call-up was unexpected, but insists she is targeting a bright future in the sport. The 20-year-old from South Charlton has received selection on the back of recent eye-catching performances.

Courty won the Scottish Women’s 10-metre Pistol Shooting Championships in Fife on April 12, before landing the title in the English 25-metre Championships in Surrey last weekend.

Steph Courty in action at an Intershoot Competition in the Netherlands in February.

Steph Courty in action at an Intershoot Competition in the Netherlands in February.

Amazingly, her success has come just a year-and-a-half since she took up the sport properly, although she has had some experience of the discipline during her days as a tetrathlete – another sport that she excelled at.

And she is determined to build on her rapid rise, setting her sights on competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, followed by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Steph, who is currently at university in Guildford, Surrey, said: “The England call-up was unexpected, but it is very exciting.”