A STUDENT is ready to take on the world.
Katie Cowell of Tanyfron is heading off to Lima in Peru this week to compete in the ISSF shooting world championships for Great Britain.
It marks the most high-profile challenge yet for Katie, a photography student at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.
She competes in the trap discipline.
“This is the biggest thing I have ever been a part of,” said Katie, 20. “It’s great to be involved. It’s mainly about experience but I want to do the best I can.”
Katie is in her last year in the junior category before she joins the senior ranks.
She has made the long-list to represent Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year and is hopeful of fulfilling her ambition of competing in an Olympic games for Team GB.
“My aim would be to make the Olympics,” she said.
“I’d also hope to take part in the Commonwealth Games.”
Katie has previously been to Germany and Spain as her shooting career takes off.
While in Spain, she obtained a Commonwealth qualifying score to boost her hopes of selection.
Her introduction to the sport began as a youngster when her father Roysten used to go shooting.
He captained the Welsh skeet team in the 1980s. Katie soon found she too was adept when holding a small gauge shotgun and blasting clay pigeon targets.
It led to trophies and accolades both locally and nationally and being selected to represent Wales and Great Britain.
Katie has proved herself capable of shooting in more ways than one, as she combines target practice with pursuing a career in photography.
She has started a photography business as she prepares for a future that she will hopes will be a success on both sporting and work fronts.