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Sports Spotlight: Birchwood Youth Shooters

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Sports Spotlight: Birchwood Youth Shooters

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Fire... the alaska scholastic clay targets program has been promoting youth shooting for eleven years... and is comprised of 350 athletes divided amongst 17 teams across the state... "no one sees it really a a competition as more of just going out there and having fun."

"everybody is s positive and everybody is giving you feedback and willing to help you and wanting you to learn and grow."

Jasmine otis, grayson davey and abbigail lynn are three of five local s-c-t-p competitors that competed last month at the national junior olympic championships at the olympic training facility in colorado springs, colorado.... "it was really cool, i ha a lot of fun... it was kind of scary at first but it was really, really cool."

"it taught me a lot o new things, it showed me a new routine and stuff."

Otis also placed 12th in the j-2 ages 15 to 17 division for the bunker trap, while davey brought home gold medals in the bunker trap and bunker trap doubles... at his final competition in the 14 and under division... "that was actually one o my biggest accomplishments i've made and i'm out of j3 now, i'm in j2 so it's going to be a little bit harder."

Medals aren't all that these shooters are aiming for, but also lower-48 luxuries like a bunker and traps... "we just try to simulate i the best we can, but there's no real way to do it."

"there is only a few i the country, but we're so far away from there and it's a three hour flight to seattle if you even want to go shoot bunker, so yeah it is a big disadvantage."

That's why davey's mother, lori... has been working with the birchwood board to give alaska an international trap range with a bunker and traps... "i was hoping to have i in this year, but i talked to some people who know more about this than i do and they said that wasn't realistic."

Now the project is expected to be completed next summer... and it could help keep alaska talent in the last frontier... "that's the one thing w don't want our athletes to have to do.

Move out of state in order to be competitive.

We want out kids to be able to practice and have the experience here in anchorage and have a chance to retain those kids here long term as well."

"i think that would b awesome because it would be the first bunker trap in alaska, we'll be alasaka's official olympic bunker trap team for training."

If this could can place without elite training equipment.... then receiving the bunker and traps will make them number one with a bullet... beth o'donnell, channel two sports...




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