Greenbrier’s Kayle Browning has just ended another busy summer.
Browning, 17, captured a gold medal in the 2009 National Junior Championship, which was held earlier this summer in Colorado Springs, Colo. She also obtained a silver medal in the open division at the same championships that weekend.
She qualified last September for the 2009 World Championships, which were held in multiple spots in Europe at the first part of August. Browning, along with other members of the U.S. shooting team, traveled to Munich, Germany and the Republic of San Marino, a neighbor to Italy. After competing abroad, the team earned a bronze team medal at the 2009 World Championships.
"It was a really fun experience," Browning said. "I enjoyed seeing the different cultures over there. It took a lot of practice and hard work to get to that point."
According to USAshooting.com, Browning is the nation’s third ranked trap shooter in the women’s open division. She ended the 2008 season with the second most points, so she was chosen to compete on the national team. The point totals are added up from two events to determine who’ll qualify to represent the U.S. in a World Championship. The top three shooters with the highest points after the National Championships and the Fall Selection Match are chosen for U.S. shooting team.
Browning still has one more event left, the Fall Selection Match, before the final results can be tallied for the 2010 U.S. team. She is currently sitting at second on the points list going into that last event,
"She practices everyday, seven days a week," Tommy Browning said about his daughter. "She must shoot about several hundreds of rounds per week. She goes to around four or five competitions each year, so she works hard. We’re proud of her."
Browning has had success in the past at previous shooting events. In the summer of 2008, she obtained a silver medal at the National Junior Championship. Through it all, Browning’s family is right there pushing her and cheering, while enjoying the traveling trips in and out of the country.
"My parents have been very supportive. They’ve always been helpful," Browning said. "My next goal is to make the U.S. team for the World Championships in 2010."