Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Multi Talented Star Likes to Give Back to Sport Susan's Always Gunning for Glory

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Multi Talented Star Likes to Give Back to Sport Susan's Always Gunning for Glory

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Griffith Thomas

SPORTS EDITOR

IT'S perhaps ironic that, given her desire to aim for ambitious targets, Susan Pattel is now a crack pistol shot.

A sporting shooter who has competed at local, zone, state, nationals and international level, the Maryborough mother-of-three was named sportsperson of the year during the Fraser Coast Australia Day Awards ceremony last month.

The 38-year-old's commitment to following her passion paid off when she competed in America for a second time as a member of the National Sporting Shooters Association of Australia NRA Target Pistol team.

"It's a sport that challenges you all the time to be better," Pattel said.

"You're shooting outdoors, so every time you go out there it's different because the weather conditions are never the same.

"You're competing against the wind and competing against yourself.

"You can always do better, striving for that perfection."

However, Pattel, who is currently the treasurer of the SSAA Fraser Coast branch, hasn't been corralled into one sport during her career.

Rather she has taken every opportunity to sample a wide array of athletic pursuits, including hockey, softball and athletics, which she believes is the fundamental recipe for success.

"There are certain aspects of different sports you carry with you and I think a lot of it is attitude," she said.

"Over the years I have had a lot of involvement with a lot of sports and some amazing people.

"All those people - you can take something away and make you who you are today.

"I've had some amazing coaches and people who are full of knowledge and when you associate yourself with like-minded people you can achieve anything."

Pattel's skills in the past have also extended to the hockey field where she played local and representative hockey for more than 25 years before giving up the sport following her second ACL reconstruction. …

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