The 2018 British Open Airgun Championship was held in April at the Lord Roberts Centre at Bisley National Shooting Centre. The Lord Roberts Centre, originally built to host the small-bore shooting events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, is the NSRA headquarters, and home to the association’s 10m airgun and 50m rifle ranges.
This competition was one of the first to be subject to some changes that were made to the ISSF Official Statutes, Rules, and Regulations. One of these changes was the widely welcomed stipulation that there will be equal numbers of shots for women and men in all disciplines. Olivia, sponsored by Pellpax, scored third place in A-class aggregate, clocking up two PB scores along the way.
The following week, Olivia came second in the Junior category at the English Championships, also held at Bisley.
Olivia, who is studying A levels in drama, geography, and French, is also working for her grade eight exam in drama, with the London Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts. Alongside this busy academic schedule, Pellpax’s youngest partner manages to train twice a week at the Norwich City Target Club and North Walsham Rifle & Pistol Club, as well as fitting in daily dry-firing at home and regular training weekends with the Great Britain Rifle Talent Squad, and the England Rifle Academy at Aldersley.
… Oh yes – and she has a part-time job, working at Carberry’s bistro in Norwich.
Olivia is an amazing girl, who is fully aware that exceptional talent will never be enough, on its own, to carry her to stardom. Besides talent, Olivia has tremendous determination, commitment, and mental stamina. We, the Pellpax team, are confident that she will rise to the top of her sport.
Olivia says, “Pellpax has enabled me to do more training and competitions by supporting me. Thank you.”