Grandmother Guns For Gold

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Competing against men is nothing new for 80-year-old trap and skeet shooter Dorothy Dixon.

"I shoot against them every Wednesday and Saturday at the range in Rye," said Dixon who is the secretary of the Bird Busters of Payson Trap and Skeet Club.

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Sharp-shooter Dorothy Dixon won a gold medal last month at the Senior Olympics competition.

Dixon told the Roundup April 9 about her most recently accomplishment -- winning a gold medal at the Senior Olympics shooting competition.

The Olympics were held March 6 at the Ben Avery range near Carefree.

"There were 44 men and just me, but I wasn't intimidated," Dixon said.

Competing in the 80-years-and-older age division, Dixon captured her third Senior Olympic gold medal by posting her best trap and skeet score ever.

"Of the 100 rounds, I hit 80," she said.

In trap and skeet competition, entrants fire 25 rounds at four different shooting stations.

Dixon, a 32-year resident of Tonto Creek Shores, claims there is no secret to her success. She simply relies on plenty of practice during the twice-weekly shoots in Rye.

The only Olympics she hasn't won the shooting gold was last year when she came in second.

Dixon is a relative newcomer to a sport that is dominated by shooters who have been involved most of their lives.

"I have only been shooting for about five years. but it's really enjoyable," she said.

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