Hi everyone! My name is Alessandra Perilli and I have been a trap shooter since 2002. I was born in Rimini, Italy on 1 April 1988 and I currently train at the Tiro a Volo in San Marino with my DT11 Beretta. I am an athlete and I live for clay pigeon shooting. I couldn't live without it.
When I am not shooting, I spend all my time with my son. Being a shooter and a mother makes me feel even stronger. It also makes each victory sweeter.
My philosophy in life is to always look to the future, only taking the good of the past with you because "after every downhill, there is an uphill".
Born in Rimini on 1/4/88, she is a citizen of San Marino. She is married, with one son, Maykol, who was born on 6/2/2014. She started shooting at 13, at 17 she became a member of the Italian national team. At 18 she started competing internationally. She immediately won gold at the Junior International Gran Prix. At 19 she became a member of the San Marino national team and immediately won bronze at the European Championship in Nicosia in 2008.
The following year she competed in her first final of the World Cup in San Marino as a senior, and won silver. She still recalls the 6 targets during the shoot-off. In 2011 she won the Olympic Charter, the first for San Marino, in Chile where she also won her first ISSF gold. Twenty days later, she won another gold at the World Cup in Sydney, Australia.
In 2012, at the London Olympic Games, where she was the seventh seed, her greatest achievement was making the final. She knew that everything was at stake there. And so it was. Alessandra made it to the final and finished fourth after a shoot-off against the French and Slovak women.
What's your favourite shotgun?
The BERETTA DT11 TRAP, with 76 barrel.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
I set all my records with this shotgun. I still remember my first 75.
Who is your favourite shooter?
My sister, Arianna. I took my first steps onto the platform with her. I used to see her determination in everything that she did. She was and still is my role model and point of reference.
Who inspired you to shoot?
My father and my sister.
What's your best shooting story?
My first competition as a mum, in the final of the World Cup in Munich 2014. I ended up in a shoot-off for third and fourth place against my sister, Arianna. It was a very emotional moment for me but also gave me great joy and I hope I can experience that again.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
The one in San Marino where I train every day.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
I was 9 years old when I took my first shot and I didn't enjoy it! I tried again at 13 and it became my passion.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
Without doubt winning the Olympic Charter and crowning my sporting dream in Rio, the dream that I so narrowly missed in London.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
Never give up because hard work pays off in the end. And believe in yourself, because your mind is your greatest ally on the platform.