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News Community Local 4-H athlete receives national invitation

Martha HallMartha Hall will be one of approximately 70 competitors at the 18th annual National Junior Olympic three-position Small Bore Rifle Competition. The match will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on April 1 thru April 4. This is an invitation- only event conducted by USA Shooting, the organization which has oversight for the qualification events for all United States Olympic shooting teams. Hall’s invitation came as the result of scores fired in the state Junior Olympic match held in Wake County last December. Hall was the gold medalist in three-position small bore and silver medalist in international air rifle.

In addition to the experience of competing with the best in the nation, the athletes will be showcasing their skills for Olympic team members and coaches. Also, the first and second place winners receive a slot on the Junior Development Team moving them a step closer to qualifying for the US Olympic Team.

Hall began competing as a member of the Macon County 4-H shooting sports program where she served as a teen leader and became a certified Rifle Instructor. Although Hall agedout as a member in January, she still works with the Macon County group and also serves on the 4-H State Shooting Sports Committee. The 19- year-old rising senior was this year’s Captain for the N.C. State Wolfpack NCAA Rifle Team lettering for the past two years as well as twice being honored as a Scholar Athlete.

Martha is the daughter of Dale and Ann Hall from Jackson County.


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