NOT many Australian teens can say they have owned and used a shotgun since they were 12 years old, but competitive clay shooter Teegan McCloy can.
The 19-year-old electronics technician can be found at Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Clay Target Club's Awaba shooting range every Wednesday from 4.30pm until dark.
Having grown up in a family of clay-shooting enthusiasts, McCloy said she often forgot about the huge responsibility of using a shotgun.
"There's so much freedom, even though there is so much responsibility with firearms," she said.
McCloy has mastered the art of shooting small, round clay targets that are voice-activated. She practices on an Olympic-standard International Shooting Sport Federation trap, in which the targets travel at 100km/h from one of three directions.
In 2010, she attended the Junior Women's World Championships and won a teen silver medal and set an Asia-Pacific record for the number of targets shot.
McCloy said these achievements were just the icing on the cake.
"When it's something that you love and can take that far it's worth every blood, sweat and tear," she said.
Today she flies to Peru for the World Championships.