I’m a competitive shooter, but I didn’t start out as a shooter. My passion for competition began years ago. I was a volleyball player; I played for Newberry College, a Division II college in a small town in South Carolina. After college, I went to Durham, England to play volleyball for Durham University. I compete in everything I do. That may have started at a young age growing up with a twin sister, but we will leave that to be determined. When I returned to the states I hung up my playing shoes and I started coaching. Coaching was the closest I could get back to the sport, and the opportunity to teach others the sport I love was something I could not pass up. Seeing the achievements of my players continues to bring me joy. I even get to volunteer with a Christian organization called ROAR to teach young aspiring volleyball players and help them prepare for their first ever try-outs at school.
My life style began to change a bit after I married my police officer husband, Heath. We met as I was being “escorted” out of a bar (long story). His hobbies were shooting, shooting and shooting. So, I ventured with him to a few of his competitions. In true coach fashion I began learning the sport so I could help him prepare for matches. Knowing the sport for only a few months, I essentially began to coach a TPC (Tactical Police Competition) nationally ranked, 9 year seasoned shooter. His response to my coaching was eventually, “why don’t you try it?” So I did, and the rest is history.
To become more educated with law enforcement, I join an organization called Wives Behind the Badge. I hope to help educated woman on gun safety because as police wives we have guns in our homes. My next goal is to become an NRA certified instructor for Basic Pistol and Home Firearm Safety, so that I can help coach and instruct woman so that they become more comfortable with firearms.
I started my competitive shooting journey in April of 2014. I had signed up for the Brownells Lady 3 Gun Pro-Am Challenge in hopes that it would encourage me to actually get started in 3 Gun. So to start, I took a class with Kay and Lena Miculek for 3 Gun beginners. From there I have been competing in local monthly matches throughout North and South Carolina. The Brownells Lady 3 Gun Competition was my first ever major match. I finished 25th in Tac Ops, and I cannot wait to return.
Not only do I want to continue to compete in this sport, I want to eventually teach and coach others in this sport. The more I continue to learn, the more I want to know and help others. And one day when I have children I want them to learn gun safety and how to shoot.