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Shooting: interview with Australia's Alethea Sedgman

Australia will bring 29 athletes as part of their Shooting team to Glasgow 2014 which boasts both Commonwealth and Olympic Champions.

Alethea Sedgman
Alethea Sedgman

The nations shooting body, Shooting Australia, nominated a team with mixture of both youth and experience which was then officially named by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association in early May.

From former Olympic champion Michael Diamond, who has a fourth Trap gold in his sights at what will be his fifth games, to 16-year-old debutant Jack Rossiter who will compete in the 10m Air events, there is much expectation that the nation will continue its rich shooting history.

Another former Commonwealth champion named was Alethea Sedgman. Rifle shooter Sedgman was only 16 herself when she won gold at Delhi 2010 in the Women's 50m 3 position event and despite an up and down few years since she harbours ambitions of retaining her title at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in July.

"I had a lot of dramas after that competition, which led me to lose confidence within my ability however with the assistance and support of my family and my partner, I am confident that I am heading in a positive direction," she explained.

One of those dramas was sleeping through her alarm at London 2012 causing her to almost miss her early morning start time at the Royal Artillery Barracks. She recovered to shoot well but still missed out on the Gold medal final.

A hectic schedule in the run up to the Games is leaving little time to spare for the student from Horsham in Victoria but she remains focused on the games.

"With university, two jobs, training and competitions I don't really have much time for myself. It's busy but I am trying to manage it.

"My preparations are going well and I'm looking forward to aiming to defend my title," she stated.

Sedgman will be joined by Shotgun shooter Laetisha Scanlan. The 24-year-old is in great form following a successful year in the sport climbing to number two in the world ranking for Women's Trap and winning an International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup gold in the United Arab Emirates.

Scanlan is now relishing the prospect of competing in Scotland this summer saying, "I've had a relatively good 14 months internationally. There won't be any added pressure because I now realize in shooting anything can happen.

"The Commonwealth shooting has such strong competitors, it will be tough competition. I am really looking forward to the experience."

The Trap shooter form Melbourne is also excited to be competing on Scottish soil at the updated Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Angus.

"I am really looking forward to shooting at the new range that is currently being built. It's always exciting to travel to new places and discover the culture. Hopefully I have time to do some sightseeing either before or after I compete."

Sedgman is also enthusiastic about shooting in Scotland even if apprehensive of the summer climate here.

"I am fearful of the weather, I hope it's not too cold however I am so excited as I have never been there (to Scotland). I hope we are able to see a few places, my parents have been and said it is one of their favourite places because the people are welcoming and the landscape is spectacular."

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