Hi! I'm Martina Bartolomei and I've been shooting Olympic trap with my Beretta 692 since 2005. I'm originally from Arezzo and I train at the TAV Montecatini Terme shooting range. I was born on 9 December 1990 and my philosophy in life is nothing comes out of nothing. Whatever you dish out will always come back to you sooner or later.
Martina started shooting at the age of 15 and competing at an international level in 2005.
In 2005, 2006 and 2007 she was named Athlete of the Year
In the summer of 2010, she took part in the junior category of the World Championships in Munich. She came fifth and was awarded the title of Athlete of the Year for the fourth time. The following year she became a senior and took part in the World Cup in Beijing
She is engaged to Riccardo Filippelli, a skeet shooter for Beretta and also a member of the national team.
What's your favourite shotgun?
My favourite shotgun is the one I am currently using, the Beretta 692.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
I feel that it's the shotgun that best meets my needs as a shooter.
Who is your favourite shooter?
My favourite shooter is Vincent Hancock because in my mind he has a natural talent and has managed to achieve incredible results despite being so young. He has always kept his feet firmly on the ground without every losing sight of his goals and personal values.
Who inspired you to shoot?
The person who most inspired me to shoot was my father, who has been hunting and clay pigeon shooting at an amateur level for a lifetime. I always used to watch him as a child and was intrigued, until one day I tried it myself.
What's your best shooting story?
My fondest memories around shooting are no doubt the first shots I took with my father when I was still a little girl. I clearly remember the patience that he had in explaining everything to me and especially how much fun I had doing it! These are memories and feelings that I will never forget. They will be with me for the rest of my life.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
My favourite shooting range in the one in Suhl, in Germany.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
I was around 8 years old when I first held a shotgun. I was obviously with my father and I immediately started becoming more and more confident with the firearm. I remember asking my father a thousand questions the rest of that day and the days that followed.
What are your objectives and plans for the future?
Looking into the future, I cannot imagine one where I am not holding a shotgun in my hand; my passion has always been clay pigeon shooting and I think I will continue training hard, and giving of my best every single day, and in every competition in order to reach the highest levels the sport has to offer.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
Clay pigeon shooting must not be seen as something competitive and stressful. I believe that in this sport you must remain clam, give of your best and above all have fun. Shooting should provide you with passion and emotion.