Walsh Aims to Improve
For Wolford High School student and shooter Hannah Walsh, improving at air and sport pistol shooting is a continuous goal.
The senior competed at the State Championship in early January in Devils Lake, earning gold in both air and sport pistol and a trip to Colorado Springs to compete in the National Junior Olympics again, April 20-26. Walsh also set a state record on Jan. 18 at a competition in Minot, hitting 340 targets out of 400 shots fired.
Walsh said that she wants to continuously improve at shooting while she is still considered a “junior”.
“It may be my last year competing in high school,” Walsh said, “but it’s only a stepping stone for next year when I begin shooting at a collegiate level.”
Walsh said that she needs to qualify for the National Junior Development Team before she turns 21 and has four years to do it.
However, Walsh said this year is a bit tougher from a competitive standpoint. Due to her age she has been moved to a higher shooting bracket, which means the scores needed to qualify are higher.
Walsh is one of eight members on the Wolford school’s shooting team, and is looked to as a leader.
“I like to assist the younger ones and give them advice. I always encourage them to go to meets and get experience,” Walsh said.
In addition to air and sport pistols, Walsh also shoots basketballs, playing as a forward for the Rolette-Wolford Comets. Walsh said that organization and the support of family and friends has allowed her to balance time between each endeavor.
In the fall, Walsh plans to attend the University of North Dakota and major in nursing. Walsh said she will miss her team and her coach, Bill Langer.
“It will be difficult shooting on my own, although I know my coach will still always be there to help me,” Walsh said. “I am just really thankful for the group of people I’ve been able to work with the past years, and it’s going to be hard to shoot without them.”
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