Teacher shoots for World Cup spot
CHILDREN and guns don't usually mix.
But Cherie Reeves has managed to find a healthy medium.
The C&K Blackwater Community Kindergarten director and teacher has secured a place in the Australian team for the Clay Target Shooting World Cup, to be held in Texas, United States, in May.
Reeves booked her place in the team by winning the Wom- en's Olympic Skeet at the Australia Cup Clay Target Shooting Championship this month.
She will be joined by Olympic skeet shooters Natalia Rahman and Lauryn Mark.
Reeves said she was excited to be in the team after narrowly missing out on a place for the Commonwealth Games in Mel- bourne next month.
She has been shooting for 15 years and comes from a family of shooters.
Her mother, Diane, won gold in the trap women's pairs at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.
Her brother Dean, father Wayne, and fiance Shawn are also talented shooters.
Reeves credited her coach Graeme Boyd for her development over the last 12 months.
Explaining her sport to the children at kindergarten, she said, was a bit of a challenge.
"One of the parents told me that trying to explain to their child that Miss Cherie shoots clay targets was difficult, so she told her that I shoot plates.
"This was somehow translated by the child as 'Miss Cherie shoots tables.' It never ceases to amaze me how their minds work.