Mooroopna's Emma Cox now has her sights on an Commonwealth Games berth after winning the women's trap title at the Oceania Championships.OLIVER CAFFREY December 6, 2013 4:10am
Mooroopna’s Emma Cox edged out an Olympic shooting champion on her way to the women’s Oceania trap title in Sydney this week.
Cox, 21, defeated 2004 Athens Olympic gold medallist Suzy Balogh in the final, along with the top-three ranked Australian trap shooters.
She shot 12 out of her 15 targets in the semi-final shoot-off and backed it up with 11 out of 15 in the final to win ahead of Laetisha Scanlan and Balogh.
Cox said she was shocked to win the gold, thinking she had a better chance in the double trap, where she placed second.
‘‘I wasn’t expecting to win that (trap) one, I’d been focusing more on the double trap, so most of my training and preparation had been for the double,’’ she said.
‘‘Even though I beat Suzy Balogh at the event, I get along with Suzy really well, and she has been a great supporter of mine so far.’’
It was Cox’s first open Oceania title, but she previously won a junior championship in Samoa in 2010.
She hopes to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.
‘‘They never used to have double trap at the Commonwealth Games, but they’ve brought it in for next year,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s six selection rounds, so I’ve got two more selections in January and one in February.’’
Cox, who is studying to be a teacher at La Trobe University Bendigo, trains at the Bendigo Clay Target Club and in Werribee.
‘‘I travel to Werribee because this is the closest range that offers double trap training,’’ she said.
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