Skinner on her way to Glasgow

LOCAL HOPE: Catherine Skinner will be shooting for gold at the Commonwealth Games.

MANSFIELD’S Catherine Skinner, competing in the women’s trap, is one of the 29 strong Commonwealth Games shooting team for the XXth games that begin in Glasgow tonight, July 23.

Veteran Olympic shotgun stars Michael Diamond and Russell Mark head the 29-strong team announced, with dual Olympic gold medallist Diamond bound for his fifth Commonwealth Games and seeking his fourth trap gold medal in Glasgow.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief executive Perry Crosswhite said expectations were high for the shooting team.

“Our shooters have a proud and successful record at past Commonwealth Games,” Crosswhite said.

“Those named are a good mix of experience and youth and we expect another strong performance at the 2014 Games shooting competition.”

The shooting events will be hosted at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, a satellite venue near Carnoustie on Scotland’s east coast, and will run from July 25-29.

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