Emma Cox will spend her summer competing for a position in the Australian Commonwealth Games team.
Emma competed in Sydney at the Oceania Championships on 1 December after taking first place in the Women's Double Trap and Trench at Australia Cup 4 last October.
Emma is one of 3 women to be selected for the Australian team, which includes Olympic Gold medallist Suzy Balogh.
'I can't wait to shoot alongside one of my sporting heroes, Suzy Balogh. I grew up watching Suzy compete, so to now have the opportunity to shoot with her is incredible,' says Emma.
Emma will be competing in the selection rounds for the Commonwealth Games this coming January in Perth and February in Sydney.
'To be in the running for the Commonwealth Games team is amazing as it has been a goal for me since I was a little kid.'
Although Emma has been target shooting since the age of 15, it was only this year that she began her journey in double trap.
'To be able to compete in something that I have such a passion for, at the highest level possible, with athletes such as Suzy Balogh and Russell Mark who I have idolised since I was in primary school, would be the ultimate experience for me.'
Juggling studies and sport
Emma also studies education at La Trobe and has been travelling to Werribee to train because there are no training facilities for her discipline in regional Victoria.
'Finding time for both study and shooting is most definitely a juggle. La Trobe is amazingly supportive of my sporting goals. I have recently been placed into the Elite Athlete Program at La Trobe which provides me with support such as allowing me to arrange my university timetable around my training.'
Elite Athlete Friendly University network
We are part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network. The network comprises of universities who respond to the specific needs of elite student athletes by developing new, or promoting existing policies and practices which assist elite student athletes to undertake sporting opportunities whilst pursuing and achieving academic excellence.
As part of La Trobe Sport and our Future Ready goals we are to committed to providing support for our athletes.
'I'm also incredibly lucky to have a fantastic support network consisting of my Mum and Dad, my Grandparents, as well as my extended family, my friends both at uni and at home and La Trobe.'
Written by Hayley Plant, first year Strategic Communications student.