Women of Calibre: Rachael Ross

Rachael RossSharp shot Rachael Ross talks to me about growing up Singapore, her aspirations for gold and out-shooting policemen in this edition of Women of Calibre!

Which disciplines do you shoot?

I shoot the 50m rifle 3 positions event, as well as the 10m Air Rifle event. There’s been some interesting changes to the shooting line-up for Tokyo, so you should keep an eye out!

How did you get into shooting?

My school in Singapore (where I was born), offered shooting as an extra-curricular activity. Some kids did basketball, some did shooting. The shooting sport is very well supported by the government and by schools, so competition is fierce and the shooters get really good exposure to big competitions.

What appeals to you most about the shooting sports?

I love that so much of this sport is about what happens between your ears. You don’t need to be the biggest, strongest, or the fastest. If you are dedicated and focused, you can be the best shooter in the world.

Rachael Ross

How is Singapore different to Australia, in terms of their firearm legislation and public attitudes to target shooting?

Singapore has one of the toughest gun control laws in the world. It is very expensive and difficult to obtain a firearms license in Singapore. When I was there 10 years ago, the school owned the rifles we used and would store them for us. It’s really interesting actually. A lot of schools in Singapore have bomb shelters. Ours was no different, and the shelter was converted into an air rifle range. We didn’t even have to leave the school to train. It was wonderful.

What would you like to achieve in target shooting competition in the next five years?

In the next 5 years, I want to represent Australia on the world stage, and put our discipline on the map. Catherine Skinner has already helped the sport so much with her amazing gold medal win in Rio. I want to be able to bring more focus and funding to our small bore and air rifle disciplines so we can train the next generation of shooters and ensure the longevity of our sport.

Rachael Ross

What do your friends think about your involvement in target shooting?

My friends think it’s great! Not so much when it’s competition season and they barely see me at events, but they’re all so supportive. I would not have the courage to reach for the stars if they weren’t there with me every step of the way.

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you on a shooting range?

There’s a few! One day my friend took me out to a pistol range to try some .22s and Glocks. It just so happened there were some police officers there for a training session as well. Being the only girl at the range, they made some jokes about getting me some pink earmuffs and pink glasses, maybe bringing the target closer for me. I laughed along, and then completely outshot the officers! The older gentlemen who ran the shooting range had a GREAT time pointing that out! It was quite hilarious. Made it worse when the older guys pointed out that was my first time shooting pistols. I smile every time I see a police officer now!

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