'Zero deaths': Olympian targets breast cancer research

Olympic and Commonwealth champion trap shooter Suzy Balogh.
Olympic and Commonwealth champion trap shooter Suzy Balogh.

When trap shooter Suzy Balogh was on the podium getting her Olympic gold medal placed around her neck in 2004 she was thinking about one thing.

"I was thinking of my mum back at home who had undergone a mastectomy, chemotherapy and had actually been doing radiation treatment that very day. I decided I wanted a world where there are zero deaths from breast cancer," she said.

"The day I found out I had qualified for the Athens Olympics I also found out my mother had breast cancer. The family had been keeping it from me during the trials.

"My mother has been cancer free for 16 years thanks to breast cancer research."

Now, the Olympic and Commonwealth champion trap shooter is giving back.

"Grab your gal pals together and give clay target shooting a try - it is exhilarating and empowering."

"Grab your gal pals together and give clay target shooting a try - it is exhilarating and empowering."

The Hitting Targets director is holding a ladies try clay target shooting charity event to raise funds National Breast Cancer Foundation on December 5 and 6 at the Sydney International Shooting Centre in Cecil Park.

The PiNK CLAYS event will give women the chance to try clay target shooting which has a growing female participation. It will have shotguns and low recoil ammunition options available. The event will also host a ladies competition with a prize pool of more than $1000 entry for any A-category licensed female shooter as well as charity auctions, lucky door prizes, stalls and demonstrations.

"At Hitting Targets we believe one death from breast cancer is one too many. To reduce deaths, we're raising funds for more research," said Balogh, who has been a NBCF Speakers Ambassador since 2005.

"Grab your gal pals together and give clay target shooting a try - it is exhilarating and empowering."