Troops To Target Shooter, Sam Gowin has won Bronze at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 10m Rapid Fire Pistol.
Gowin was representing Team England in the Gold Coast, and despite only starting the discipline of Rapid Fire just 12 months ago, he performed phenomenally to secure a third place medal.
The win shows the potential that sits within the British Army and it is exciting to see what the future holds for the Troops To Target initiative.
Speaking after securing his Bronze medal, Gowin shared his story of how he joined the British Army and opted to train full-time as a pistol shooter with a goal of becoming a world-class target shooter.
"It feels great. It's such a great way to end such a long period of training.
"I started with target rifle when I was 15. Did that for a few years and then I joined the army. But when I joined I couldn't shoot for three years as I needed to focus on my career, which I'm glad I did. Then I started with combat shooting within the British Army. This involved operational theatre where you are subjected to a high level of stress, running around with your helmet, rifle and secondary pistol, with pop up targets and casualty drags. But while there I decided to see how far I could go with shooting.
"So, in November 2016, I joined Troops to Target, so this allows me to train full-time with task support as well - and I've just taken it from there really.
"I've been doing Rapid Fire Pistol for just over a year now."
Not willing to settle for Bronze, Gowin is looking to use this experience to learn about competing at the highest level.
"The plan now is to just keep training. What I will be doing now is focussing on a new training programme which is still Rapid Fire, but incorporating the different types of pressures that I've learnt at the Gold Coast."