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South Georgia Shooters compete for national title

August 2, 2004

Colquitt County- A talent for shooting comes in all sizes.

Sometimes it even comes with a ponytail.

"I went to a shooting point one day with these old guys and shot a hundred strait and they kicked me out of the gun club," said 19-year-old Emma Simpson.

She hasn't put her gun down since.

Some of these marksmen haven't been shooting as long, but that doesn't mean they aren't at the top of their game. The team's junior members took first in state and are out for a national title.

After the national competition in Ohio next week, the shooters will travel to Colorado for the Junior Olympics.

"I'm a little nervous, but I think I'll get over it when I get over there and see what it's like," said Shane Slocumb.

Winning is fun, but the ones who watch over them know it doesn't come easy.

"These kids put in a lot of hours, it's a lot of expense and they work hard to make it to the top," said Coach Mike Simpson. "We would like to take them to the top. Meaning that we want to carry them to the Olympic path."

It's a path they felt pulled to travel and a different kind of route to athletic success.

"I'm not a runner, I'm not a football player, I'm not a basketball player," Simpson said.

But they are serious competitors in a sport they can stay with as long as they can cock the gun and aim at the target.

"It's a lifetime sport," she said. "It's a lifetime sport."

posted at 10:16 PM by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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