Sharon Niven

Where in Scotland are you from? Armadale, West Lothian

What discipline(s) do you shoot, where do you train and who are your coaches? Olympic Trap, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Training at the National Shooting Centre, Slamannan, Coach Marco Micheli.

How did you get involved in the sport and what was shooting journey to get on to the performance programme? I started shooting at 18 and got my first gun at 19, I shot at a local Club on a Sunday with friends for a lot of years for fun, my dad and brother shot when I was young but as a girly girl I wasn't really encouraged to take it on. When I turned 18 something changed and shooting began to interest me and gave me and my dad something special to do together. I started getting better, and even started beating my dad. This is when I looked into shooting for Scotland.

I've now shot for Scotland for many years in many different disciplines. As I got better and better I started again looking at what was next, where could I go, how could I develop... I wanted to shoot at the Commonwealth Games.  Then one weekend there was a come along and try the Olympic disciplines day at a local ground. I went along, and the rest is history.

Where you do your shooting? I try to train at all the grounds in Scotland that have Olympic Trap, this allows me to train on different backgrounds and conditions. Falkirk is a newly developed shooting ground, and is now the main ground I train at. This is one of the most testing grounds I've ever shot at.  This ground will make me a champion because if I can shoot good scores here, I can shoot anywhere. I also train at North Ayrshire shooting Ground which is an excellent place to shoot - the background is perfect, and almost the same as the grounds abroad where the Major comps are held. Finally, I also shoot at Glenmoriston Shooting Ground which is a well run, tidy and beautiful shooting ground.

What are your hopes and plans for the future in terms of your shooting career? With the help of my Coach and sheer determination my short term Goal is the Commonwealth Games 2018.  I have trained very hard for this.  Next will be of course Team GB, I would love to be a regular team member and hopefully be in a position to be considered for the Olympics.