Balogh takes to coaching in missing Commonwealth Games

QUEANBEYAN former Olympic gold medalist Suzy Balogh is preparing for life after competitive shooting, looking towards Australia's shooting prodigies in accepting the head coaching role at the Australian Clay Target Association.

Queanbeyan Olympic gold medalist shooter Suzy Balogh is now employed as head coach of the Australian Clay Target Association. Photo: The Liverpool Champion.

Queanbeyan Olympic gold medalist shooter Suzy Balogh is now employed as head coach of the Australian Clay Target Association. Photo: The Liverpool Champion.

And with three female Australian Olympic trap shooters currently ranked in the top 10 in the world, she is looking forward to developing talented juniors that are "knocking on the door" of the big time in the sport.

The 41-year old 2004 Athens Games gold medalist fell short of making the Australian female shooting squad for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in July, finishing behind fellow top 10 shooters Laetisha Scanlan and Catherine Skinner who claimed Australia's only two spots on a points basis.

While she would still like to compete for a few years to come, she said the Rio 2016 Olympics was not in her career plans at the moment, but her passion for transferring her knowledge and skills to junior shooters.

"It'll be my job to help develop coaches as well as develop young clay target shooters," she said.

Balogh said the talent pool in women's shooting at the moment was very promising as it made it harder for shooters to make representative teams, which as a consequence, lifts the standard of shooting.

"It's something I'm actually proud of in winning a medal all those years ago [Athens 2004] and I've helped develop all these junior shooters," she said.

She competed in the first World Cup event this year in Tucson, Arizona, and just missed the finals in finishing seventh- one place out.

While she has started her new coaching job, she will also travel to Kazakhstan on May 16 for the next World Cup event where she will attempt to qualify for the World Championship event in Spain in September.

"I want to win a medal at these world championships," she said.

"I've won ten medals at world championships in the past- I've come sixth, fifth and fourth, and I'd like to end my career on a high."

"Rio isn't in my plan. I'm preparing athletes for Rio."

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