Sydney Rockwell – Competitive Shooter

Posted By on March 12, 2017

From SPRING 2015 issue

Hi! My name is Sydney Rockwell and I am a 14-year-old competitive shooter living in Knoxville, Tennessee.10523284_1516251025304403_7077404635078746457_n

When I was 9, I took the Hunter Safety Course and started hunting and shooting rifles with my uncle and dad. I took my first buck when I was 10. I was hooked immediately and it also gave me an appreciation and respect for firearms, and taught me firearm safety. I love hunting deer and I go every season with my uncle and dad. However, I didn’t really have the opportunity to handle a pistol until my mom took me with her last year on my 13th birthday to her all-women’s shooting club, Aphrodite Shooters. I was the youngest one there, but everyone was very welcoming and encouraging.

Sydney 2 From the very first day, I loved shooting. I couldn’t wait to go shoot again! I started shooting a .22 caliber and quickly graduated to a .9mm. One of the owners of Tactical Advantage Corporation, Eric Matson, generously offered to coach and sponsor me, and with his help and training I have come a really long way in less than a year.

I am currently sponsored and coached by Norsemen TCG. Other sponsors include AR-15 Gun Owners of America, CherryBalmz Weapons Lubricants, Windrock Shooting Range, Fighting SheepDog, Aphrodite Shooters, Athena Compliance and Training, and Tactical Advantage Corporation.

 IMG_2918I am classified as Marksman in IDPA and am hoping soon to move up to Sharpshooter in the IDPA levels. I also shoot steel plate, and I have recently begun shooting in USPSA and 3-Gun, which I LOVE! In October 2014, I attended the USAMU’s junior clinic at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where I had the unique opportunity to train with members of the USAMU team. In 2015, I hope to shoot in more 3-Gun competitions – as many as my parents’ budget will allow! As of right now, all of my guns are “borrowed”, but two of my sponsors are working on securing a rifle (Fighting SheepDog) and a shotgun (AR-15 GOA) just for me!

In addition to the shooting sports, I am the Student Council Vice President at West Valley Middle School where I am enrolled in all-honors 8th grade courses and an advanced placement class for high school credit. I am a member of the LPGA Girl’s Golf and received the Leadership Award for the 2014 season. I also coach kids’ golf clinics during the summer. I am the oldest of four girls and help with my younger sisters at home.

Sydney 3My real passion is the shooting sports. I am hopeful that I will earn a college scholarship to a college that has a shooting team, and after that I have my sights set on a successful career as a competitive shooter!

I strive to always do my best in competition and school, and to make my sponsors proud of me.

Thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me. I hope to see more and more young ladies getting involved in the shooting sports.

Please visit my Facebook page, “Competitive Shooter Sydney Rockwell”. My parents and I keep it updated with video and photos of competitions and training sessions. Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

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