NRA Board member Edie Fleeman (Reynolds) has been a frequent guest on NRAblog the past 10 days. Appearing at the NCAA Rifle Championships in Fort Worth on behalf of the NRA – Fleeman is currently the chair of NRA’s Smallbore Rifle committee – Fleeman switched hats before heading to San Antonio for the ACUI Clay Target Championships.
Fleeman serves as the Youth Director for the Amateur Trapshooting Association, which she represented in San Antonio. She has been a shooter for most of her life. “I started shooting at a girls camp in Vermont,” Fleeman said. Competing in smallbore rifle during her time at Wake Forest University, Fleeman grew accustomed to being a minority on the field.
“I’ve been the only woman at a rifle match,” Fleeman said, “and I’ve won.”
“At times, I was the only competitor competing in the Master class, too.”
The young competitor rose to the challenge and has a record full of championships. Fleeman says she “learned at a young age if you’re going to talk to someone at a rifle range it’s more likely than not going to be a guy, so you may as well get used to it.”
In addition to her Smallbore Rifle committee duties, Fleeman serves on the NRA’s Collegiate and Competitive Rules Committee. She is the vice chair of both the Youth Programs and Airgun committees.
“We just try to listen to the competitors and move the sport forward,” Fleeman said of her committee duties. The North Carolina resident is a long-time Camp Perry competitor. She estimates the only NCAA Rifle Championship she missed is 1985 when she was giving birth to her son Bill.
In fact, Fleeman says her children are one of the reasons she has maintained an active role in the competitive shooting community. She introduced Bill and daughter Katie to the sport around the age of 8. “My kids like to shoot,” she said. “In fact, my son and I were the first mother-son duo to make the Dewar Team at Camp Perry.”
Fleeman won the ladies’ skeet championship in North Carolina this year, and she can’t hide her enthusiasm. “I hit those doubles just like they were butter,” she said.