Josh Black: Air Rifle Champion

Josh Black recently represented the tribe at the National Junior Olympic air rifle competition in Ohio, where he “won the championship in the 14-15 age group.” Mazal Tov! You can read all about it in this great article (click). About shooting, Josh had this to say:
“I just love the sport,” said Black, who was introduced to competitive marksmanship as a 12-year-old. “I’ve loved it from the first time I tried it. There’s such a feeling of satisfaction when you hit the target. I enjoy the challenge, too. You’re always trying to do better than you did the last time. You’re always trying to beat a personal record or improve upon your last performance.”

Josh’s father chimed in with his view of shooting sports:

“It’s actually quite a grueling thing,” Scott said. “(Josh) practices five days a week for a couple of hours a day — at least. What he’s doing, basically, is practicing the same thing — over and over and over again. Every other sport emphasizes movement and power, but not shooting. In shooting, the less you move, the better you perform. So you learn to concentrate and really lock in (on the target.) You learn to be calm. You learn to immediately forget a bad shot.”

The article also mentions his sister Hannah who “earned a $2,500 scholarship by winning the American Legion air rifle championship last summer in Colorado Springs, Colo.”

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