Originally Posted by Sharpe
They should stay in the kitchen, only allowed out to shovel horse muck!
Ha ha! Aimed at me that one Geoff!
For what it's worth my view is that it is actually unfair that ladies coming into sport have a stepping stone wheres men coming into sport don't have this. I agree it's quite daunting as a beginner having to compete direct with top shots and certainly I have witnessed male shooters give up within the year because they feel they will never be as good as a top shot and have nothing to aim for pardon the pun!....what I do think would be nice is to see a newcomer class so that our newbies can compete at a more even footing and still have a chance to aim for being a trophy/series winner. I believe this could give them the oomph to keep on going and trying to improve. This worked well when I very started shooting in my FT days my scores were low in the beginning but so was everyone's in my grade. There was some excellent competition in my grade and it pushed us all to improve to try and win the GP C grade national title thus resulting in most of us moving up through the grades to A and AA grade. I know the grading system would be a nightmare in HFT..The Petes have enough to do but I think a class to encourage newcomers of both sexes is fairer than just a class for ladies.....I found although nice to have won a few ladies titles it seemed an empty victory as I felt that if I wasn't in the ladies class my shooting wouldn't have won me a trophy. Now I'm in the open I feel I have earned/deserved any places I win...and god do I fight harder for them now.....I've had to try and step my game up.....Its so much more rewarding now!
....This is only my feelings as I can't speak for the other ladies experiences