October 17th, 2020

California Junior Lady Shooter Excels in High Power Game

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Lauren “Sissy” Wood (R) earned 3rd overall in July 2020 Talladega team event with teammate Dustin Carr.

Lauren “Sissy” Wood, 18, has been a member of the California Grizzlies Junior Rifle Team for the last five years. At the CMP Talladega High Power Regional Cup Matches in July 2020, she was a top performer. Sissy was High Woman shooter in the Cup Events and, with teammate Dustin Carr, she finished third overall in the 2-person Team match.

At previous big national matches, Sissy also earned honors. At the 2019 National Matches, Sissy was third overall in the High Civilian category and was the first overall junior in the Day 2 slow fire segment of the CMP Cup 1000 Aggregate. And she was second-place High Junior shooting with her CA Grizzlies team in the National Trophy Team match and National Trophy Infantry Team (Rattle Battle) event. That’s an impressive performance against very tough competition.

Question and Answers with Teen Shooter Lauren “Sissy” Wood

Q. How did you get into competitive shooting?

A. I originally started shooting .22s as an 8-year-old with my dad. Every month, he would take me to the local gun club’s junior day, and I would get to shoot. I did that until I was in about 7th grade. That’s when my dad also got me into High Power. Ever since then, I’ve been shooting High Power with the Grizzlies.

Q. What is one of your best memories from competitive shooting?

A. One of my favorite memories from shooting was my fourth year in Ohio — the 1000 CMP Cup Aggregate. I had shot my personal best at 600 two days in a row.

Q. What is your practice routine? How often, and what do you do?

A. I mainly practice after matches to help fix what I did wrong in that match; then practice at home.

Q. How do you prepare for a match on match day (mentally and physically)?

A. I don’t necessarily have a physical routine, but I do have a couple mental things that I do that are kind of quirky actually. I tell myself that all you need to do is focus on the next shot, and whatever you just shot is in the past. Focus on the next one. I just repeat that. And remember to breath.

Q. What’s the best shooting advice you’ve ever received?

A. “Think center, shoot center” from Jim O’Connell.


California Grizzlies team practicing with coach/mentor Jim O’Connell.

Q. What are your plans for the future (in and outside of shooting)? What goals do you hope to achieve?

A. My ultimate goal in shooting is to “leg-out” and get Distinguished. Once I achieve that, I’m not sure what’s next.

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About the California Grizzlies:
The California Grizzlies Rifle Team has been a part of the California shooting world for over two decades. The team consists of juniors between the ages of 13 and 20 from throughout the state of California. Many Grizzlies alumni have advanced to the Citadel, Air Force Academy, Army Marksmanship Unit, U.S. Rifle Team, and the Navy Academy. Each summer, the CA Grizzlies have traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio, to compete in the annual National Matches. Over the years, the Grizzlies have accrued countless junior team and individual wins in National Matches events. One of the team’s most notable accomplishments came in 2009, when the Grizzlies became the first junior team to win the century-old Rattle Battle. In fact, the CA Grizzlies were the first civilian team to win the match since 1930! To learn more about the California Grizzlies, visit TeamGrizzlies.org.

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