My name is Austin Wimberly and I am a 14-year-old who loves everything about the sport of target shooting. From the weekly practices at Clemson 4-H club to the all-day tournaments, my passion for the sport grows deeper and deeper the more I shoot. Currently, I attend Woodmont High School, and love being involved in school activities, as well as youth activities with my church, Temple Baptist. I enjoy being in the woods hunting dove, deer, turkey and duck.
In February, 2015, my dad took me to my first church outreach skeet shoot. While there, I met Mr. Gary Blackwell with all his cool skeet throwing machines. As I watched this new sport, I was amazed at how the men were able to shoot the small sporting clays out of the sky so quickly. He encouraged me to give it a try, and from that point on, I was hooked.
Mr. Blackwell believed in me and encouraged me to really think about taking up the sport. I went to a practice and from that point on, I knew I wanted to be involved in all shooting sports. No more baseball for me! I wanted to spend all of my time concentrating on shooting sports. I began shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays. The more I practiced, the better I kept getting.
Mr. Blackwell noticed how serious I was taking this new sport and invited me to shoot with the adults at a Circuit shoot to get some more shooting time. Circuit shoots are not for the average shooter, but for those who want to excel in the sport. I was so honored to be a part of this type of shoot because it pushed me to work even harder, to meet the high level of competition. I most recently attended the Southeast Regional Championship.
Since 2015, I have committed to this lifelong sport by working hard each week in practice. I desire to be the best that I can be, and I know that is going to take a lot more hard work in the future. In order for me to participate in this sport, I have to work really hard each summer, by cutting grass, to make money to help pay for my entry fees to the Circuit shoots and my supplies.
My parents are my biggest fans and encourage me, helping make this dream a reality by taking me to the practices and events. I plan to continue learning and growing in the sport and be the best I can be, even on a bad day.
I am grateful to God and everyone who has helped me in my two short years of shooting. A very special thanks goes to Mr. Gary Blackwell for seeing a talent in me and taking me under his wing and showing me the ropes of a great sport.
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