Sport Awards: Riflewoman wins international honour

USW athlete, Charlotte Phillips-Davies, who won an International Honours Award at the University’s Sport Recognition awards. Neil Gibson, May 2017

USW athlete, Charlotte Phillips-Davies, who won an International Honours Award at the University’s Sport Recognition awards.


A University of South Wales (USW) student hit the target during an annual awards ceremony. 

Charlotte Phillips-Davies, 21, from Rhiwbina, Cardiff, has been awarded the International Honours Award at USW’s Sport Recognition Awards.

It was, around age 14, when she joined her local squadron of the Air Training Corps, that she was introduced to shooting rifles.

“I started out small-bore rifle shooting, which is common for beginners to test ability before moving on to full-bore rifle shooting,” Charlotte said.

Under the guidance and encouragement of her coach, who also shoots for Wales, she continued to train. At a normal day out on the range, here natural shooting ability got her noticed.

“I started competing in the Inter-Services Cadet Rifle Meetings annually, which then progressed to the Imperial Meeting, which is open to civilian competitors,” she said.

“I am now a member of the Wales High Performance Development Elite Squad, the youngest Full-bore rifle athlete in the squad.”

Charlotte has represented Wales at senior squad for four years, and has gone from strength to strength. In 2016, she was selected to trial for the GB under 25s team. A year later, Charlotte was one of the highest British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) ranked students in the UK.

Charlotte studies BSc Police Sciences at USW, and will be starting her final year this September.

She says that she has aspired to join the police force from a young age. Inspired by friends and family members, the profession has always jumped out at her.

And the awards evening was full of surprises.

“I was totally unprepared to stand up and accept the award. I was asked to explain full-bore rifle shooting to the audience in a nutshell, which was really hard as the sport is very complex,” she said.

“It is not just a case of lying down and pulling a trigger. So much else has to be considered; position work, reading the wind, knowing your environmental conditions, and so much more.”

Still part of the ATC, Charlotte also trains youngsters aged between 14 and 18 in the skills needed to be a successful marksman. 

#Police Sciences #sport