North Liberty teen becomes skeet shooting star

WARSAW, Ind. -- A North Liberty teen has her eyes set on an impressive target.

17-year-old Sydney Carson recently won two gold medals for women's skeet shooting in the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior Cup, which was held in Germany.

Now, she's shooting for a similar performance when she competes in the world championships in Spain in September.

"I want to do well when I go overseas and always do my best, that's my goal," she said.

The John Glenn junior has her dad to thank for getting her involved in the sport five years ago. Mike Carson loves the outdoors and thought skeet shooting would be a fun activity for the entire family.

"It's just something we enjoy," Mike said. "You can shoot from 9 years old to 90 years old. So, it's just something you can do all your life."

But, both Mike and Sydney admit they never expected her to find so much success with the sport.

Her first time shooting, Sydney could barely hit a target.

"We put her on the easiest target on the course and she probably shot at it 40 times and never hit it," Mike said. "She was crying, she even had a little snot running out of her nose. But, you know what? She came back the next day and she's pursued it for five years."

The persistence has paid off. Now, it's not unusual for Sydney to hit all 25 targets in a round -- a perfect run.

She practices five days a week during the summer, for several hours a day. But, the most difficult part of the sport is the mental aspect, which is hard to train for.

"A lot of it is just being in competition and the pressure situation and just learning to deal with the mental aspect of it," Sydney said.

She's hopeful her dedication to skeet shooting will land her a college scholarship.

And, she isn't giving up on her biggest dream.

"Of course, the Olympics would be on her goal list, her bucket list," Mike said. "But, it's a lot of work to get there."

But, he and the rest of Sydney's fans sure think she has a shot.

"She's worked hard for this. She deserves it," Mike said.


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