Champion target shooter aims to inspire more black athletes to take up the sport

Champion target shooter aims to inspire more black athletes to take up the sport

by Tom Martin (April 2021)

An international target shooter from Waterloo, who became the first black person to represent England in the discipline, wants to encourage more people from different backgrounds to take up the sport.

Ruth Mwandumba, 25, wants to inspire change after realising she was the only black competitor in her sport - not only in the UK, but across Europe.

Target shooting involves the use of air rifles, pistols and other guns, with some of the key skills involving concentration, self-discipline and great self-control in order to hit a target.

Ruth is hoping to one day compete in the Olympic Games, having already represented Great Britain and England on numerous occasions.

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She became the first black person to represent her country and be crowned English Champion within the sport, and is now hoping to inspire more people from diverse backgrounds to try target shooting.

Ruth said: “The first time I realised that I wanted to make a change is when I first started shooting competitively. I realised I was the only black shooter on the scene at the time - not only in the UK, but when we were travelling for competitions within Europe too. It was very noticeable.”

Ruth has been working tirelessly to increase the diversity within shooting sports across the UK and has been working alongside British Shooting to create a campaign that will help to inspire more people get involved in the sport.

She added: “Not only do I want to encourage those from BAME backgrounds to learn more about the sport, but I truly want to inspire people from all backgrounds as it is a sport that can be for anyone.”

It is not just in the shooting world that Ruth is striving for glory. She is currently studying for a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Manchester, looking at infectious wounds in Malawi.

In recognition of her campaign, she has been nominated for the ‘Positive Role Model (Race, Faith and Religion) Award’ at The National Diversity Awards 2021.

The prestigious black-tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion, and sexual orientation.

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