CLAY pigeon shooter Vicky Bowering is on track for England team selection after recovering from a serious injury sustained five years ago.
The 32 year-old from Wrenthorpe has endured 13 operations on a medial cruciate ligament injury, sustained in an innocuous fall, that has threatened to end her competitive career.
But Bowering’s determination has paid off and the business development executive has already chalked-up victories in the early stages of the season.
Victories in both the British and English Double Rise Opens two weeks ago gave Bowering a confidence boost going into last week’s single barrel invitational, in Dorset, where the Wakefield hot shot put herself in a strong position to qualify for this year’s European and World championships.
Bowering said: “I have started the season on a high. My aim is to perform at the best of my ability and any wins or places are bonuses.”
“The two shoots in Dorset count towards the four scores that decide who competes for England and I am only seven points off top spot.”
This year’s success is a massive relief for Bowering, who has endured an ongoing battle with pain.
She said: “I had an infection after hamstring was taken from my leg to fix my knee and bone was taken from my hip but then I had a hip fracture. It is only recently that I have come off pain killers and it is great to be back.”
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