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staple at club practices and tournaments. She is
the only women coach at the AIAC but she doesn't
see that as a hindrance; it's an opportunity for her.
Karen Nowicki had this to say regarding being a
woman coach: "Women coaches bring a different
perspective to training. High performance athletes
need more than one perspective to reach their
potential. She did admit that mentoring women
"
was different than mentoring men. "Women tend
to listen a little better. They don't assume they
know. A lot of guys come in feeling like they're
supposed to know [how to shoot a gun], so you
have to work through that. However, the one
"
constant she mentioned was that all athletes,
regardless of gender, were eager to excel quickly.
Nowicki found that one-on-one coaching
was crucial, but coaching in a group can have its
benefits. Nowicki also found that men felt like
they belonged in the shooting sports, whereas
some younger female shooters needed to reach
a goal before they felt accepted. However, no
matter the gender, a shooter is a shooter and
hard work and dedication, from both the coach
and the athletes, are the keys to success.

I enjoy the challenge [of shooting]. You're
never perfect. Each shot is a new opportunity...

▲ Karen Nowicki believes in the importance of raising a new
generation of successful shooters, striving for excellence
not just in shooting, but also at life.

Nowicki believes shooting is very rewarding
and that if women, or anyone for that matter,
was involved in a sport as a kid roughly the
same principles carry over. In short, "If they were
involved in any sports when they were younger
that experience translates into the ability to coach,
and all they have to do is learn the mechanics of
the shooting sports.
"
In closing she had this to say, "I enjoy being an
ambassador. Since shooting is viewed by people
as being a male-dominated sport, it is nice to
surprise people with my hobby. People tend to be
more open to learn about the sport and listen to
what I do.
"
As a coach, Nowicki sees the importance of
raising up a new generation of shooters to keep

the sport alive, and she is not alone. Shooting
is not simply about shooting well, but rather
striving for excellence. For some young shooters, shooting allows them to truly see what
they are made of so they can grow up to be
not only successful athletes, but well-rounded
individuals. It is important to realize that
shooting is not gender biased and results
speak for themselves. *

Michael Nowicki is a sophomore studying journalism at the University of Missouri. He learned
competitive air rifle as a member of the Arlington
International Air Gun Club and he continues to
be an avid enthusiast of the shooting sports.

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