WON Landing Page March 2022

Behind the Scenes with Freshman Skeet Shooter, Josey Martin

 

I recently got the opportunity to interview an amazing young shooter, Josey Martin. Being a fellow shotgun shooter I felt excited to see and hear all the great things she has achieved. Josey made the 2015 Krieghoff All-American Team and is ranked 11th overall among the nation’s female sporting clay shooters. She has done all of this and is a freshman in high school.

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(Mark Lambert photo)

Lea: What got you into shooting and who was your inspiration or mentor in the shooting sports?

Josey: I used to go with my Papa Mark and pull targets for him and his cousin. One day they asked if I wanted to try and I did. I hit several birds and was hooked. My grandfather has guided my family and me through the competition process and has found sponsors to help support the cost of the sport. I have worked with some amazing shooters and coaches, but most of my training has been with Tom John Jr.

Lea: Have you ever shot any other firearms competitively?  

Josey: No. I have competed in Skeet, FITASC, 5-stand and Sporting Clays, but all use a 12-gauge shotgun.

Lea: Why do you love sporting clays?

Josey: I love the challenge of the sporting clays.

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(Mark Lambert photo)

Lea: How do you balance school and shooting?

Josey: I just do my best and try to stay on top of my work.  My principal has been very supportive and excuses my absences for competition.

Lea: Do you participate in any other school sports or activities?

Josey: No, I used to play volleyball, but the cost, conflict in schedules and demand on time was too difficult to do both. I do like to go goose and duck hunting at Camanche Hills Hunting Preserve.

Lea: What is it like to be a young shooter competing against big names?

Josey: There are many great shooters and I just feel good when I can keep up with them.

Lea: What are your goals for this year and what long-term goals do you have?

Josey: This year I would like to compete well, consistently score in the 90s and become a Master Class shooter. My long-term goals are still developing.

Lea: What goes through your mind when you’re on the line?

Josey: I mentally visualize where and when I’m going to hit the bird.

Josey-Martin

(Mark Lambert photo)

Lea: What is your favorite part of competing?

Josey: Winning.