By Lars Dalseide | January 2 2013 09:23

Texas teenager finds time for South Texas Cancer Care Center

Smallbore rifle shooter Katie Bridges at the NRA National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - I first met Katie Bridges three years ago.

Bubbling over with an anticipation that is purely Camp Perry, Bridges was there with her mom for the Smallbore 3-Position championships. After a few conversations on the firing line, followed by a few more in the staging area, I thanked both for their help and insight.

Katie won a couple of matches that year and has won a number of others since. But it wasn't until this year that I finally asked for an interview. It was more then I expected.

For her story isn't just about competitive shooting. Yes, shooting is a big part of her life (and will probably help her pay for college), but there is more. There's the Future Farmers of America, her studies, and her time volunteering at the Cancer Care Center of South Texas.

That's why Katie Bridges is my #8 story of 2012.

Katie Bridges zeroes in on rifles and Texas Cancer Care Center

Katie Bridges from Texas at the NRA Smallbore Rifle Championships in Camp Perry At the ripe of age of 17, Katie Bridges of Marble Falls, Texas is a grizzled veteran of the shooting game. A veteran with many an accolade.

At the NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships, for example, she's already experienced success as a member of the Drew Cup Team as well as by winning the Eleanor Dunn and the Stark Memorial trophies. But it's not just about shooting with Katie. Well, a lot of it is, but there is more. A whole lot more.

Bridges builds on experience to center her shot

As a smallbore shooter, Katie is blessed. With her skill, with her determination and with a plethora of matches. In addition to the National Smallbore Championships in Camp Perry, there are plenty of opportunities to shoot down in Texas. 

Read all about the work of Texas teen Katie Bridges.

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