Glasgow Games beckon Kemps Creek pistol shooter

Right on target: Emily Esposito is thrilled to have won selection for her first Commonwealth Games. Picture: Luke Fuda

Right on target: Emily Esposito is thrilled to have won selection for her first Commonwealth Games. Picture: Luke Fuda

SPEECH pathology student Emily Esposito says she was lost for words when she learnt of her selection in the Australian women's shooting team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Esposito said she was speechless and it's only now — a few days later — her selection has sunk in.

The Kemps Creek Pistol Shooting Club member is thrilled to be picked for what will be her first Commonwealth Games.

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games are from July 23 to August 3.

"When I phoned my mother Suzanne and I told her I was in the team, she cried," Esposito said.

"It's a big thrill for me and my family. It means a lot.

"My dad Daniel, sister Chloe and brother Max are happy for me." Esposito, 20, will compete in the women's 10-metre air pistol event.

The international selection continues a tradition of elite level representation in the family.

Her father Daniel represented Australia at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in modern pentathlon.

Elder sister Chloe made the 2012 London Olympics modern pentathlon team, finishing seventh. Her brother Max is a state title winning fencer.

"After the Commonwealth Games my focus is then to start training for the 2016 Rio Olympics," Esposito said.

"It would be fantastic if Chloe and I could both get to Rio."

Esposito said that in the 10-metre air pistol event at Glasgow, competitors each get 40 shots in the preliminary rounds. The top eight scorers then shoot in the final for medals.

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