Sam has her eye on the prize
Keeping her eye on the target led to success for Samantha Middlemiss, 18, who was the top female shooter at the Southland/Otago Secondary Schools Clay Target Championships at Balfour last week.
Not bad for someone who took up the sport only last year.
"I qualified for the South Island championships at Christchurch and achieved my personal best," she said.
She also won a bronze medal after competing in the shoot-off in the senior single-barrel competition.
She will also compete in Hamilton at the North Island and nationals shoot next month.
Middlemiss was shooting as part of a team from Northern Southland College.
"Our coach, Henry Bennett, is awesome and he can help with things like getting on to the target when we are shooting," Sam said.
The school team of Middlemiss, Josh Bennett, Harry Drummond, William Drummond and Kyle Hansen retained the Gore High School versus Northern Southland College trophy.
The team's next event is in a fortnight at the Cental Otago Sporting Championship in Wanaka and the Central Otago Compak Championship at Alexandra.
Despite the win, Middlemiss would like more female competition.
"I am trying to encourage more girls into the sport and am planning a fun day for girls, to have the experience and get more involved."