My name is Simone Doi and I am from Lodi. I am an Airforce athlete and was born on 18 May 1985. I have been shooting since 2001. I train at the Cieli Aperti shooting range and do Double Trap
with a Beretta DT11
shotgun and my way of life is to take things day by day with a smile on my face while seeing the positive in everything.
What's your favourite shotgun?
I don't have a favourite, but I am very comfortable with the shotgun I am currently using, the Beretta DT11.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
I use this model because from the first time I tried it, I was comfortable with it. It has a great tilt and is technically great to use.
Who is your favourite shooter?
I don't have a particular favourite. Every shooter that I see has certain unique characteristics that strike me. I like to draw from them and refer to them as an example every time I am on the platform.
Who inspired you to shoot?
I started by pure chance. I would often go with my father to a range where he would usually train, and one day I also tried taking the shotgun and firing a few shots. Before becoming passionate about this sport, I used to do completely different things, like motorbike racing.
What's your best shooting story?
The most significant experience for me with regard to shooting was when I took part in the Universiade in 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. It was without a doubt and will always be an unforgettable memory.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
In terms of its modern facilities and how it looks, I would say that I prefer the range where I currently train, Cieli Aperti, close to Bergamo. But I spent my youth at the range in Melzo, and so that place has a piece of my heart.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
There is a video of me holding a shotgun when I was 4 years old, but obviously I don't recall that event; my first memories are from when I started shooting at the age of 16.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
I don't have specific ambitions for the future. I simply set myself small goals that help me to grow day by day.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
In my opinion, you must be very careful of this. You must get to know yourself, your weak and strong points. From there you can pick up characteristics from other shooters and make them your own.