Hi everybody, I’m Catherine Skinner and I’m an Australian trap shooter. I was born on 11th February 1990 in Mansfield, Victoria and I’m a shooter since 2002.
Actually I’m a student and I usually train in the Melbourne Gun Club and the Frankston Clay Target Club with the DT11 model of Beretta.
I live my life by going by what feels right for me. Everyone is unique, and so their life journey will be different from mine, so why should I make the same choices that they do?
Catherine started shooting at the age of 12 and she first competed in an ISSF event in 2006, when she was junior, at the World Championship of Zagreb.
She first took a medal in 2010, when at the World Championship of Munich she grab the silver medal.
In 2013 she took 2 silver medals, both during World Cups, in Nicosia and Al Ain, and this was the year when she was elected of the “Australian Female Shooter of the Year”.
At the 2014 World Cup of Tucson she took the Bronze medal. Catherine Skinner won Gold medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Which is your favorite gun?
My favourite gun is the Beretta DT11 Trap and this is also the gun that I use to train and compete.
Why do you prefer to use that gun in particular?
The balance of the gun allows for an easy smooth swing and follow through. It’s just a beautiful piece of art that is a joy to shoot.
Which is your favorite shooter?
My idol is Michael Diamond. The amount he has achieved within the sport is incredible, and large goal to strive for.
Who inspires you to practice shooting?
I don’t have someone who inspires me. I just follow my instinct and I try to learn from my errors in order to perform even more better than the day before.
Which is your most beautiful anecdote connected to the shooting sport?
My most memorable anecdote was making the Gold medal match with my team mate Laetisha Scanlan at the World Cup in Al Ain in 2013. It felt like something out of a movie, with Australia walking away with a gold and silver medal from the one match.
Which is your favorite shooting range?
This is a difficult question as there are so many beautiful grounds. Al Ain in UAE is impeccable, with brilliant light and a fantastic background, but I also love the grounds at Munich (Germany), Maribor (Slovenia) and the home of ISSF Trap, Lonato (Italy).
How many years do you have when you first took up a gun?
My older brothers had shot clay targets when I was very young, so I wanted to try it. When I turned 12 I declared to by father that I wanted to learn to shoot, so he dusted off on of my Grandfather’s old gun and took me out to the local club to try. 10 out of 13 DTL targets later, I was hooked.
Which are your plans and goals for the future?
My plans for the future are to represent Australia at the Olympics, and hopefully get a medal. I intend to keep shooting for as long as I can.
Which is your advice for someone who use you as an inspiration?
Persevere. Many mistakes will be made on your journey, but they are just lessons for the future, but you have to keep going to be able to apply the knowledge.