WITH world records and world championship titles under her belt, Morley shooter Linda Jekel is eyeing a sports star award to add to her collection.
The Whiteman Park International Pistol Club member, ranked 15 in the world, is the reigning world female WA1500 revolver and pistol champion after winning two titles at the world championships in Germany in August 2017.
Her world records for revolver and pistol stand at 1484 shots out of 1500 and 1482 shots.
Jekel has been nominated for the RAC Sports Star Award 2017, where winners will be announced on February 8 at Perth Stadium, after winning the WA Shooting Association International Sports Star of the Year award in December 2017.
Jekel (48), who started shooting 14 years ago, said she was honoured to be nominated for the award.
“It is a lot of hard work and a lot of training but I also have a lot of support from my support network (of) family, friends, colleagues and club,” she said
“I used to be a registered nurse but I had to give that up in order to pursue my passion so now I just work for myself as a self-employed labourer.”
For her biggest achievements, Jekel named her world records as the most memorable.
“I would have to say breaking the two world records last year and the year before that,” she said.
“I broke it in 2016 for the first time and I have continued to break it.”
Jekel said her goal in 2018 was to represent Australia for the third time, on the back of successful results at the upcoming 2018 PA National Championships held at Whiteman Park in March.
“Depending on the results of the nationals in five weeks time, I hope to get nominated for the European championships as part of the national team which will go to Sweden in August,” she said.
She said there would be about 70 club members competing at the nationals, which was previously held at the club in 2013 and 2016.