Para Trap Shooter Sophia Bultema Joins Team Winchester
EAST ALTON, IL (June 29, 2022) — Winchester announces the signing of ISSF para trap shooter Sophia Bultema.
The 18-year-old sport shooter hails from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will be shooting the world-famous AA target loads at the upcoming National Championships at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. She will also represent the U.S. and Team Winchester at the World Championships in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Sophia recently competed at the World Cup France, where she set the junior world record in qualification and the final, becoming the first woman in para trap history to make a World Cup final.
“Sophia has an inspirational story of overcoming adversity while maintaining an excellent outlook and striving to do her very best,” said Matt Campbell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “She is an exceptional sport shooter and we’re extremely proud to have her as a member of Team Winchester and ambassador of the shooting sports.”
After living the first six years in an orphanage in China because of her limb difference, Sophia was adopted by her parents and brought home to Colorado Springs. Sophia has grown up in a shooting sports family, receiving a toy shotgun during her first Christmas in the states.
Sophia began competing with her high school team through the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) because shooting was a sport where people can still compete with their peers despite physical impairments. Soon after starting with the high school team, Sophia was introduced to para trap, where she has earned the right to represent the United States in this emerging sport that is on track to be added to the Paralympic Games.
About Para Trap
Open to athletes who have a physical impairment, the discipline of para trap shooting is based on the Olympic trap discipline, differing in only some equipment and qualification requirements. Athletes use a shotgun to hit “clays,” which are propelled into the air from machines on the ground and strive to make as many “hits” (when a clay is broken) as possible. During the competition, athletes shoot from five central positions on the range and shoot at a total of 125 clays in the qualification round.
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