Elite Pistol Academy
June 13 – 15, 2023
9th – 12th grade
May 23, 2023
Our Elite Pistol Academy is designed for advanced youth shooters.
Campers will stay and dine on the beautiful Georgia Southern University – Statesboro campus. Camp counselors will be current Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center employees who will provide constant supervision. Campers will meet shooters from across the country and participate in several activities on campus including swimming and rock climbing at the Recreation Activity Center.
International Pistol Shooting
International Air Pistol is a style of shooting performed all over the world and is celebrated at the Olympics.
Air Pistol is shot with a bolt-action pistol that shoots .177 caliber pellets. It is shot at a distance of 10 meters at a target with a 10 ring the size of an eraser head. The match is 60 shots fired in a time of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
To consider yourself competitive, you need to be shooting a score of 97. This sport requires discipline, dedication, and passion, but can be incredibly rewarding.
Spots are filled on a first come – first served basis and limited to 16 participants.
The registration fee includes instruction, camp t-shirt, breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation to and from academy activities, as well as to and from the Savannah-Hilton Head International airport (SAV).
9th – 12th grade competitive shooters
Camp Waiver, Insurance & Medical Information
A few weeks leading up to the academy, an email will be sent to you containing the Registration Packet for you to complete. It will include a waiver, medical information, pick-up authorization and camp policies and procedures.
Parents must provide written electronic notice to the Assistant Director at least 14 days in advance of the camp or academy start date to receive a refund. Refunds will not be considered after the 14 days.
Titles and Awards
- Olympian Tokyo 2020 Women’s Sport Pistol, Women’s Air Pistol and Air Pistol Mixed Team
- Women’s Air Pistol National Champion 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022 (Silver Medalist 2017; Bronze Medalist 2021)
- Women’s Sport Pistol National Champion 2017, 2019, 2022 (Silver Medalist 2018)
- Continental Women’s Sport Pistol Champion 2018 (Finalist 2022)
- Continental Women’s Air Pistol Silver Medalist 2018, 2022
- Olympic Quota Recipient Women’s Sport Pistol 2018
- World Cup Finalist Women’s Sport Pistol 2021
I have been shooting all my life; however, I only started shooting this style of shooting in 2015. I began shooting to make friends in college, and found that as well as an incredibly exciting career that I love. Since my days of shooting with the University of Utah team, I have won multiple national titles that have allowed me the privilege of pursuing a shooting career on the international stage. Training has become part of my daily ritual, whether it be at the range or at home, shooting is always on my mind.
I was born and raised in Boulder City, NV, just outside of Las Vegas. Growing up, my parents encouraged me to join and participate in many clubs, organizations, and sports. We would go as a family to the Boulder City Rifle and Pistol Club on the weekends to enjoy a little trigger time all together and where I developed a joy for being on the range. When I went away to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in Pre-Law Physics, I joined the Utah Precision Marksmanship Team and learned international shooting sports. Learning I had a natural talent for Women’s Air and Women’s Sport Pistol, upon graduation, I moved to the Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs to train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Since making the decision to go for gold, there have been many bumps and bruises, such as when the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee completely cut funding for the US Olympic Pistol Team only four months after moving to the training center. These stumbles and moments of doubt on if I can truly accomplish my goals have molded me from being an enthusiast to an elite athlete. I have learned so much not only about this sport, but also about myself and how resilient I have become. All of the challenges paved the way for me to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as a member of Team USA. The skills I learned from these hiccups helped me to tie my personal best in Women’s Sport Pistol and push my world ranking to 12th in the world. Being an Olympian in shooting sports has been an incredible experience, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Academy will be held at the Georgia Southern University’s Shooting Sports Education Center. The facility features two 8-lane, 25-meter firearms ranges, two classrooms and support spaces.
Georgia Southern University
Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC)
3271 Old Register Road
Statesboro, GA 30458
Resident campers will stay in one of the outstanding, air-conditioned University Housing facilities on campus. Each camper will have double occupancy room with a community bath. Roommate requests will be accepted. The residence hall clubhouse will have TV’s with video games available for checkout. Campers will be responsible for providing bed linens (Bed size: Twin XL – 80″ mattress), blanket, pillow, towels, toiletries and any other items to make their stay comfortable. The rooms will not be equipped with a television or telephone. Internet access is available in the room with the camper providing their own computer.
For resident campers, a nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided in one of the campus dining facilities. Commuter campers will be provided lunch in the dining facility. Snacks will be provided for all throughout the camp day.
Campers can be picked up at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). Prior arrangements must be made with Ashley MacAllister.
Campers will need to bring all necessary shooting equipment to include air pistol, case, air tank adapter, shooting attire and anything else needed for instruction and competition.
Please see the daily schedule for the drop off and pick up times.
If special or reasonable accommodations are needed, please contact Ashley MacAllister in advance to discuss them prior to arrival.
All information with registered campers will be provided through e-mail to the address provided in the registration materials. Please ensure this address is accurate and that you check it often between registration and the start of camp.
Counselors act as a guardian while your child attends camp, as they are around them 24/7. They sleep in the residence hall on the same floor as the campers and don’t go to bed until all campers are in their rooms and accounted for. They wake campers in the morning to make sure they have time to eat breakfast and get to their first session on time. Counselors are in the dining area while campers are dining, and present while campers are in session.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear at the camp?
Shooters should prepare accordingly as the range is air-conditioned and maintains a temperature of 72⁰. Comfortable casual wear and hoodie is appropriate for camp. Hearing protection is required for all shooters.
May I bring food to the Camp?
Yes you may, but we will provide all meals and snacks for you.
Ashley MacAllister, Assistant Director – Shooting Sports Education Center
Phone: (912) 478-7732
Last updated: 6/8/2023