Local Teens Headed To Junior Olympic Shooting Championships


Ready, aim, shoot.

Two local teens are heading to Colorado to compete in the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships.

They’re the first ever shooters from the Demmer Center at Michigan State University to qualify for the Junior Olympics.

Coaches say they beat out almost 2,000 other competitors to get to this point.

“They are the cream of the crop when it comes to their ability to not just shoot, it’s they want to learn. That’s what this sport’s all about,” says USA Level 1 Shooting Coach, Gary Smith.

Lillian Warren and Soraya Nevin are teenagers that will soon be shooting for gold.

The girls will head to Colorado in a few weeks to compete for a National position on the Junior Olympic Team.

Warren is just 14-years old from Perry.

She’s been shooting for almost 3 year and will be competing in two separate categories.

The first, an air rifle match where she will stand and aim at a target 10 meters away.

The second, a smallbore rifle match where she will shoot while laying down, kneeling, and standing from 50 feet away.

“I try to not think about anything, just kind of trust my training and my skills and do what I do everyday,” says Warren.

Along with Warren, 17-year old Nevin from Holt will also be competing.

Get this, she’s only been shooting since September and is already a State champion.

During practice she says she shoots all 100 out of 100 shots on target.

“I thought it would be fun that’s why I started, and I didn’t realize how far I could go in such a short period of time,” says Nevin.

Nevin will compete in the air pistol match, standing using her non-dominant hand and aiming at a target 10 meters away..

Coach Smith says both girls have very unique skills.

“They have the passion to want to learn and that’s what’s pushed them to the levels they are,” says Smith.

Both girls say they’re of course excited about qualifying and hope to pick up on a few new skills during the Olympic match.

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