Good day everyone! My name is Diana Bacosi and I'm from Città della Pieve, Italy. I was born on 13/07/1983 and I've been skeet shooting since I was 14 years old. The shotgun that I use is the Beretta DT11 and I do my training in Rome. I'm a military athlete, and my philosophy in life is never give up!
Which is your favourite shotgun?
My favourite shotgun is the one that I am currently using, the Beretta DT11.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
Because it is the best, without a shadow of a doubt. It has great stability and precision.
Who is your favourite shooter?
My favourite shooter is Andrea Benelli. I have known him for many years and I admire him very much. He is a great shooter of the past and still is today, but apart from that he has proven to be a fantastic and excellent coach. He is proof that it is not always the case that "those who know how, don't know how to teach". He's a great person all round.
Who inspired you to shoot?
There isn't one person in particular who inspired me to take part in the sport. I would often go to the shooting range with my father who used to enjoy shooting on an amateur level. My passion slowly grew from there. A bit by chance and without even realising, I found myself shooting.
What's your best shooting story?
I'm not quite sure how to answer that question. I could say the competitions that I have won or ones where I performed well, but at the end of the day I don't have a specific story to tell. Maybe it is still coming.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
My favourite range is the Tiro a Volo Falco, a range that I'm particularly fond of and that I regard as one of the best and most structurally well-equipped I’ve ever seen.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
When I try to recall the first time I held a shotgun I immediately think of my father's face, because I was with him at the time and he was the one who placed it in my hands. I was 14 years old, and although it has been a long time since then, that memory is clear in my mind.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
My greatest aspiration for the future is to receive the Olympic Charter and obviously be in my best form and then… win! It would be fantastic, and my greatest wish in this sport. Who knows? Maybe Rio de Janeiro 2016 will be the turning point.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
My best advice for those who wish to take part in the sport is to set yourself gradual goals that you can reach slowly. Don't try to do too much and especially, don't try to do it too fast. By taking it slowly, you will grow gradually and always improve.