Abigail Blakeley, a 13 year old student at Cobb Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, participated in the USA Shooting National Shotgun Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co. The event was held Aug. 2nd through the 5th, 2014. Abby won the Gold Medal in the Women’s 12 to 14 age group. Abby’s score of 205 targets bested the top 12 to 14 boy’s score of 197 targets.
Blakeley is also the Florida Junior Olympic Women’s Champion, earning that title competing in the Florida Junior Olympic Qualifier in April at Gator Skeet and Trap Club in Gainesville, Fl. She finished with the Bronze medal in her age group at the Junior Olympic Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Co., in July.
Abby competes in International or Olympic trap. The single-target Olympic Trap shooting event has a history over a hundred years old. It is considered more difficult than most trap versions in that the distance to the targets and the speed with which they are thrown are both greater. Olympic Trap uses 15 fixed-angle machines as opposed to the single oscillating machine used in American Trap.
Abby will be competing in the USA Shooting Fall Selection Competition in Tillar, Arkansas in November, where she is trying to earn a spot on a Team USA Shotgun Squad.