Shooter sets her sights on winning gold in Glasgow

READY TO FIRE: Emma Cox has been selected in the Australian shooting team. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

READY TO FIRE: Emma Cox has been selected in the Australian shooting team. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

“I WANT to win.”

That’s the message from shooting ace Emma Cox ahead of this year’s Commonwealth Games.

La Trobe University Bendigo held a reception in her honour on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the student’s achievement on making it into the Australian team for the Glasgow games.

Cox admitted to having some nerves but said she was aiming to win a medal.

“Every athlete that will go over there wants to win, if you are not aiming for the top then what are you doing there?” she said.  

“I would love to win, but a medal would be great too.

“If I shoot well and to my standard and I am up there with everyone else I think I will be pretty happy.”

Cox said it meant a lot to don the green and gold and represent the country.

“I have been trying to get into something like this since I was 15,” she said.   

“I am really looking forward to going and representing Australia.

“It is a big achievement; I am still trying to get my head around it.”

The 21-year-old is one of just two Australian women to compete in the double trap at the Games.

Cox said double trap was only announced as Commonwealth Games event for women last year.

“I have been doing double trap for not even 12 months,” she said.

“I haven’t really had much international experience.

“I have had two trips overseas, but this is the biggest one I would have competed in so far, I am pumped.”

La Trobe University’s head of school, faculty of education, professor Noel Meyers praised Emma’s sporting and academic achievements.

“To represent your country at anything is a singular honour,” she said.

“For Emma to represent her country at such a young age is a credit to her and her family.”

Cox is a part of La Trobe University’s Elite Athletes Friendly University program, which aims to support Australia’s best athletes in achieving academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career. 

Before heading off to the Commonwealth Games, Cox will continue to train in Shepparton and Werribee.

The Werribee range is the only one in Victoria designed for the trap discipline.

“I will travel to Brisbane in June for the Australian Cup and then I will go to Perth for a training camp and then I am off to Glasgow,” she said.

Cox has also been selected to represent Australia at the world titles in Spain in September. 

The Commonwealth Games will run from July 23 to August 3. 

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