We are twin sisters aged 23 years old and although very different to look at we both share the same ambition - to go for Gold!
This is our story!!!
We were brought up in Carrog, a small village in North Wales.
At the age of 10 we moved to Ellesmere, Shropshire where went to school at EllesmereCollege. A year later we were first introduced to rifle shooting as an after school club and since then we have risen through the ranks of school teams. At the age of 12 we were invited along to our 1st GB junior development squad training weekend.
Over the next few years we both worked hard and were selected to shoot prone in the European shooting champs in Croatia, in 2000, our first big international at the age if 14. The following year we both competed at senior level for Wales in the Commonwealth Shooting Champs in Bisley. Over the next few years we competed in numerous internationals including World and European Champs, and for Sian the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002.
In 2006 we had the opportunity to compete for Wales in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne which was an awesome experience with Sian coming 4th, narrowly missing out on a medal.
Over the next three years we went our separate ways to university: Jenny to study Natural Science at Bath, and Sian Physiotherapy in Manchester.
In 2009 both degrees finish with Jenny and Sian both moving into the real world of work! Jenny was initially based at home in Caterham working in a vetinary lab, running tests on animal samples. Sian meanwhile returned to Wales to work as physiotherapist on a tempary contract in Newport.
In 2010 we both represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games in India where we again came fustrating close to a medal finishing 4th in the womens airrifle pairs. Jenny achieved a GB qualifying score which led to her selection for the World Cup circuit in 2011, qualifying matches for 2012 Olympics
In 2010/11 Jenny accepted a new job and started work at the University of Cambridge, meanwhile Sian is currently working on a rotational physiotherapist post in Bogner Regis.
We realise that success does not happen by accident. We train almost daily fitting in shooting and gym/fitness training around full time work and most weekends we are training or competing.
Over our 12year shooting career we have help from many coaches from school, club, GB junior squad, welsh squad british shooting and others who have so generously given their time experties to assist us in reaching our potential. In addition we have had the assistance of many other support staff, managers, sports psychologists and physios etc helping us to manage our physical and mental welbeing and ensureing we're in peak condition to do our best on the day. Together they haver played an invaluble part assisting us in our sporting careers, we owe them and many other people who have helped a big THANKYOU! Our Mum and Dad are fully behind us in our efforts to reach the top and spent many hours 'taxiing' us around and we owe them a big thankyou :) (well we wouldn’t be here at all without them!). Thanks to our big brother Peter for building and managing this website (otherwise you wouldn't be reading this!) and to all other friends and family who give us their support!
Over the last few years we have been lucky to have the support of both Welsh Sports Council and British Shooting. They have provided us with both financial and medical support. However following the UK sport funding cuts anounced for shooting any funding has been drasticly cut. With equipment in need of replacing and costly ammunition and petrol bills, if you feel you can offer us support or know someone who can please don't hesitate to contact us.