Don’t mess with Danielle Marcotte.
The Yukon target shooter just won gold at the 2010 International Grand Prix competing in the women’s International Juniors division.
Marcotte logged the high score among all juniors competing in the two-day event.
At the contest’s end, the top eight competitors held a shootout – a 10-shot finals match. Each competitor had 75 seconds between each shot once the range officer called, “Ready, three, two one … shoot.”
Over the two days, Marcotte’s combined score was 735, good enough for fourth spot during the top eight finals. She was the only junior competing in the women’s 10-Metre Air Pistol category in the final match. The field included Canadian Olympic Competitor Avianna Chow, who participated in the Summer Olympics in Beijing China.
When the 10 shots were squeezed off, Marcotte did well enough to retain fourth-place. Chow placed fifth in the finals with a final score of 826.6. Danielle’s final score was a 829.5
There were 24 competitors in the women’s 10-Meter Air Pistol, which included all senior and junior women’s divisions and competitors from other countries as well.
Marcotte is now setting her sights on the World Juniors in Guatemala scheduled for the end of March.
Team Canada will consist of three junior females in the 10-Meter Air Pistol and one male pistol shooter.
Marcotte’s goal is to finish the Guatemala match with a decent score. After that, she’s got the first ever World Junior Olympics in Singapore in her sights. They begin in August. (Richard Mostyn)