Shooting coach contender for Glasgow

OLYMPIC gold medal winner Suzy Balogh is the new national coaching director and coach of the Australian Clay Target Association.

Balogh, of Cecil Hills, won gold in the women's trap shooting at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She said she was thrilled about the new job.

The 40-year-old is preparing for a third Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow from July 23 to August 3.

She said the job will involve coach development and accreditation, coaching of a talented youth group and enhancing the skills and competitiveness of men and women clay target shooters throughout Australia.

For now, her eyes are fixed on the target in Glasgow.

Balogh won a bronze at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and gold in Melbourne in 2006.

She is the leading contender in the women's Olympic double trap for the Australian team to be selected for Glasgow.

"The final selection for Glasgow is at the end of April," Balogh said.

"They select two women in my event and if I do well at the final selection event in Adelaide in March I'll be going to Glasgow."

The international motivation remains strong.

Last year she finished ninth ninth at the world championships in Peru, the highest-ranked Australian woman.

Balogh will also compete at world cups in Arizona in April, then Munich in May.

Balogh owns Hitting Targets a business that teachers shooters the skills and running corporate programs. She works out of Australian Sporting Clays Sydney at Menai.

"After attending courses late last year in Finland, I am now one of two people in Australia that have the International Sports Shooting Federation Shotgun coaching licence approved by the International Olympic Committee," Balogh said.

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