Martina Lindsay Veloso claimed a gold medal at the ISSF Munich World Cup in early 2014 (photo credit: Singapore Shooting Association)
There has never been much buzz about shooting in Singapore but 14-year-old Martina Lindsay Veloso is set to change all that.
A love affair with the sports which only started three years ago, Martina has improved in leaps and bounds, and the hotshot is thankful for the opportunity to shoot.
Despite her tender age, Martina has set the shooting scene ablaze with her accuracy which saw her claim the Gold medal at the ISSF Munich World Cup earlier this year. The composure she displayed earned her respect among her much older peers.
As such, much hope has been placed on the youngster’s performance for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, held in Glasgow, Scotland, where she will be joined by teammate, Li Yafei.
Li, who is currently studying in Texas Christian University in the States, joined the team and made her way across the world to contest in the Commonwealth Games on 14 July 2014.
The former Raffles Institution student will be participating in the 50m rifle 3 positions event, and is looking to maintain her good form in America, where she was part of the 2nd Team All American (Air Rifle) 2014, Honorable Mention All American (Smallbore) and 2014 3rd Team All American (Aggregate) 2014.
The athletes have faced their own sets of challenges in the juggling of other things with the sport, as Li will attest to.
Li Yafei, currently studying in the States will join up with Team Singapore in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games (photo credit: SportSG)
Li previously had the embarrassing experience of not being to fit into her training kit after immersing herself her A Level examination preparations and not watching her diet.
Despite the struggles both shooters have faced so far, both athletes declared that their love for the country has kept them going.
“I am proud to be a Team Singapore athlete because I feel very proud having the Singapore flag crest embroidered on my tracksuit and whenever there are victory ceremonies, I sing the national anthem with pride,” Martina said.
Both athletes are new to the Commonwealth Games, and they were unable to contain their excitement in competing at the prestigious multi-sport event.
“I feel really excited because it's my first Commonwealth games and I get to make friends with other athletes from other countries. Medal or no medal, it really doesn't matter to me as I just want to do my very best,” Martina said.
Li expressed similar sentiments: “I feel very honoured and excited to be representing Singapore in the Commonwealth Games. Although this is my first Games, I am aiming to perform my best and achieve a medal for Singapore. I have been training very hard and hopefully my hard work will pay off.”
Both athletes will start their competition on 26 July, with their teammates commencing earlier on 25 July. Continue to pledge your support to our Team Singapore athletes via www.facebook.com/teamsg and instagram! #ourteamsg