Thank you, Southland.
In an email to The Southland Times, Kenneth and Jenny Johnston have publicly thanked everyone for their wishes of support after their daughter Sally won a Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women's 50m rifle prone.
"Sally, Jenny and I would like to express our appreciation for the wealth of congratulations we have received from friends, colleagues, and the people of Southland in general.
"Sally wanted to compose this letter herself but is currently travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow to attend the Games closing ceremony and, following that, will be making preparations for her return to New Zealand.
"Immediately following her match, Sally was inundated with media requests for interviews and was unable to respond to all the congatulatory messages she received.
"Meanwhile, Jenny and I have been basking in all the reflected glory.
"We must stress, this was Sally's moment, and a well-deserved reward for all her dedication and hard work over the past 20 years," Kenneth Johnston says.
"We would all like to highlight the contribution made by two organisations which have been largely ignored in the local and national coverage.
"A scholarship received from the ILT Foundation by Jenna Mackenzie and grants from the ILT to Target Shooting Invercargill, assisted the preparation of both the women comprising the rifle section of the New Zealand shooting team.
"Even though Sally is based in Wellington, on her infrequent trips home she benefited from the training facilities in Invercargill which have been funded in part by the ILT.
"In closing, we wish to recognise the unstinting support of the shooters of Scotland.
"When some of Sally's equipment went missing, the club members and shooting officials of Scotland rallied around and made it possible for her to train and compete.
"Thank you - one and all.
"Best regards, Kenneth Johnston, Invercargill, via Edinburgh."
- The Southland Times
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