HELPFUL TIPS: Olympian Alethea Sedgman, right, teaches Molly Parfett-Oliver and Ange McTaggart some shooting tips at Horsham Smallbore Rifle Club’s come-and-try evening on Friday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHEROLYMPIC-bound shooter Alethea Sedgman returned to her roots, helping out at a Horsham Smallbore Rifle Club come-and-try evening on Friday.
Sedgman, 18, was announced as one of five members in the Australian rifle team earlier this month and will compete in the women’s 10-metre air rifle and 50-metre three position events at the London Olympics.
A Commonwealth Games women’s 50-metre three position gold medallist, the Natimuk teenager is the youngest of Australia’s 17-member Olympic shooting team.
Sedgman handed out tips to aspiring rifle shooters on Friday along with displaying her vast range of equipment, including the two rifles she will take to the Olympics.
The humble Sedgman said she enjoyed speaking to the children and parents who took part in the Prime Minister’s Olympic Challenge.
The Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic challenges will tap into the spirit of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, encouraging primary school-aged children to try for a gold, silver, bronze or participation certificate, emulating their heroes competing in London.
“I don’t think of myself as anything different. I hope they do take it up because it’s a good sport, it made me more confident,” she said.
Sedgman had aimed to make the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic Games.
A London call-up surpassed her expectations.
“I was happy. I really want to do well. I am not that excited yet but I am sure when I get there I will be,” she said. “I just want to train hard and get a personal best.
“I am definitely shooting air rifle and 396 is my PB so if I can shoot that in a comp I’d be happy.”
Sedgman said being the youngest Australian team member meant she felt less pressure to perform.
She said she wouldn’t be surprised if she was the youngest shooter at the Games.
“Most of the other countries have so many other shooters to select from and their best shooter is probably a 30-year-old,” she said.
“The peak age for a shooter is about 25 to 35.
“It will give me more experience. I won’t be as scared if I go to Rio.”
Sedgman will fly to London on July 18 but will miss the opening ceremony as she prepares for her events.
“This week I have the week off, the coach was like, ‘you can relax’ and just work on fitness at the moment,” she said. “I have got a competition, the Aus Cup, and that’s another week away and there is a training camp after that.
“That will happen and then I will come home and will probably be training a lot.”
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