Updated: Sep 25, 2018
Sports at Trident are as diverse as our students and we have something for everyone! We spoke to Year 13 Bridget Hutchings about Full Bore Shooting and hear what her motivation for joining the team was.
Our Full Bore Shooting star Bridget Hutching is setting her sights high - looking to compete in the Commonwealth Games of the future. This ambitious goal is also a realistic one for Bridget as the season has just started and she is already training for the World Championship held early in 2019. There she will compete both individually in the Open Grade and in the New Zealand under 21 Full Bore Shooting Team. The team she previously competed for – the under 21 Development Squad realised great success earlier this year where they “thrashed” the Australian under 25 Team. Her motivation for getting into the sport was modest – after seeing a picture of Trident’s Small Bore Shooting Team she thought the jacket “looked cool” and in order to get one of these jackets she joined the Small Bore Shooting elective and then the school team in Year 11. It wasn’t long before coach John Ball encouraged Bridget into Full Bore Shooting at the end of Year 12. Like coach John Ball, Mike and Di Collings, [selector for the NZ teams], saw great potential in Bridget and have been instrumental in aiding her rise to success. When Bridget was just 16 they put her name forward for a camp for young shooters to try out for the under 21 team and Bridget was ecstatic to gain a place on the team from there. Bridget will attend training camps in Wellington over the rest of this year as well as train weekly at the Te Puke Rifle Club where she will hone in on her technique and be ready for the World Championships. We wish Bridget all the best in her training and look forward to sharing more of her success!