Podium finishes in each of Penny Smith’s events at a national shoot have kick-started her 2019 season and her push for Olympic Games selection.
Smith, 23, returned from the 2019 ISSF Nationals competition at Brisbane with three gold medals and a silver medal, which culminated in officials naming her the competition’s high-gun ladies champion.
She won the national individual trap, the Commonwealth individual trap and national mixed-pairs trap event with teammate Tom Grice.
Smith and Grice finished second in the Commonwealth mixed pair trap.
The Colac Gun Club member said she “couldn’t have asked for a better start to 2019”.
“At the start of the week I was a bit scratchy, but then I came good later in the week,” Smith said.
“It’s a bit like survival of the fittest because it’s such a long week, the weather is hot, so you have to be able to deal with that mentally as well, it’s such a mental game.
“So to come away with that and also winning the ladies high gun for the week was an amazing achievement.”
Smith said the six-day national shoot kick-started the 2019 competition season, and she was pleased to record her benchmark score for the year.
She said her focus would now shift to performing well at international shoots throughout the year, and achieving a Shooting Australia quota to push for Olympic Games selection for 2020.