Coaching Analysis - Susan Nattrass
I will be honest: I know absolutely nothing about trap, double trap or skeet. I've fired a shotgun on two occasions. I had a great time, but due to some physical limitations on my part, it isn't the sport for me. BUT, I do know that Canadian, Dr. Susan Nattrass, is a pioneer when it comes to Olympic shooting in general, and for women in the shooting sports in particular.
Dr. Nattrass was recently featured on the Women Warriors site, which is dedicated to showcasing the talents of female athletes and providing role models to girls and women. Please note: Susan is a role model for everyone, regardless of gender. Her's a brief overview of her accomplishments, from the Women Warriors' site: "In 1976 she became the first woman to qualify and compete in trap shooting with men at the Olympic level and garnered worldwide attention at the Montreal Games. She's had four trips to the Olympics, 13 world championship medals (six of those championship titles), a stranglehold on the world record from 1974-1989 and she even beat out Wayne Gretzky as Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1981 and that same year was also inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Somewhere in there she even managed to earn a PhD... In 1990 she became the first woman to compete in shotgun event at Commonwealth Games, then spent the most of the 1990's spearheading a campaign to have separate Olympic shooting events for women. She was so tenacious, she told us that many a time an IOC member would run the other way when they saw her coming. But the letter writing, phone calls and meetings paid off. When she heard the good news, that women would indeed compete on their own in 2000, she says it was one of the most emotional and satisfying days of her life."
At 53 years of age, Susan Nattrass represented Canada at the 2004 Athens Olympics, her fifth time doing so, and achieving her best overall performance.
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