2014 Commonwealth Games selection for Glyndŵr University student
A clay pigeon shooting Glyndŵr University student has been selected to represent Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
20-year-old Katie Cowell, of Fron near Coedpoeth, says she was close to tears of happiness after discovering she had been selected for a two-strong Welsh ladies team for the event in Glasgow.
Katie was one of only two women in Wales to post a qualifying score set by the Welsh Shooting Federation, which selects teams for major championships.
She achieved her qualifying score in the Olympic Trap discipline – 68 out of 75 – at the Clay Pigeon Shooting World Cup in Spain in July last year.
Katie will be making her debut at the Commonwealth Games as part of a 14-strong British shooting squad.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out just before Christmas,” said Katie. “I totally didn’t expect to get in as I’d never shot in this discipline before last year. I was nearly in tears when they told me I’d got in.”
Film and photography student Katie, who first started shooting at the age of 12 with her dad, a former Wales clay shooting captain, is now busy training for the event following a well-earned Christmas break.
Training will take in a mix of shooting practice and work in the gym. In between all of this, Katie will be continuing with her studies.
Now into the second year of her degree, she recently started her own photography business wrexhamweddingphotographer.com, which she is hoping to grow as he she balances all three commitments.
As a recipient of a Glyndŵr University sports scholarship, Katie has had financial support to enable her to compete at elite level while studying.
Support is also provided through free sports kit and access to fitness facilities and sports science expertise. This includes sports psychology, an area which Katie is hoping to work on with Glyndŵr University’s sports science team in the build-up to the Games in July.
Katie added: “I went to Spain, Germany, Malta and Peru last year to compete in major championships and I’m travelling across the UK all the time so it’s always challenging balancing shooting and studying.
“But my tutors on my Film and Photography degree course have already been great about helping me with the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.
"I’m lucky that they see it as an achievement for the university as well as just me.”
Professor Michael Scott, Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said he was proud that the university will be represented at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted for Katie – what a fantastic achievement.
"Our sports awards were set up to allow talented sports men and women to compete at the highest level while studying and it’s great that we are able to help out in some way. We wish her every success at the Games.”
The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow from 23 July to 3 August 2014.