Shooting star earns ticket to Glasgow

THE longest morning of Emma Cox's life ended on Thursday with the news she'd waited years for - a spot at the 2014 Commonwealth Games was officially hers.

The 21-year-old was named in Australia's clay target shooting team to contest the women's double trap event in Glasgow in July.

Cox, who lives in Mooroopna but spends two days a week in Bendigo studying teaching at La Trobe University, said she was "over the moon".

"It is just fantastic and I am looking forward to going to Glasgow with people like Russell Mark and Michael Diamond, who have been among my idols since I was little," she said.

"I have a lot of good friends going among the trap shooters, though I haven't had a lot of overseas experience compared to everyone else."

Cox was the top-ranked Aussie female in the double trap after several selection meets held between August and March. 

Her performance in shattering 101 of 120 targets at the Australia Cup in Adelaide in March was a competition personal best and the only score over 100 shot during selections.

SHARPSHOOTER: Commonwealth Games shooting team member Emma Cox.

SHARPSHOOTER: Commonwealth Games shooting team member Emma Cox.

"I'd shot the best score, so I'd waited knowing I was most probably in the team, but it still had to be confirmed by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and Shooting Australia," she said 

"It was being announced at 11am on Thursday and that was the longest morning of my life."

Cox got her shooter's licence at 12 and began aiming at clay targets "down the line" when she was 15. But only in recent years has she turned her focus to trap events.

She is now training up to four times a week in Shepparton and travelling to the Werribee range on weekends to access a special mechanical target launcher that produces the speed and angles required for double trap.

She paid tribute to her parents, David and Kerrie, extended family and friends, and La Trobe for supporting her to achieve her sporting dream.

The Games shotgun squad will attend a training camp in Perth in June.

Cox will also represent Australia at the world titles in Spain in September.

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