Dr. Susan Nattrass is a trailblazer for women's sport not only in Canada
but internationally as well. She made sports history at the 1976 Olympic
Games in Montreal as the first and only woman entered in the trap shooting
event. Then again at the 1990 Commonwealth Games when she was the first
female entered in a shotgun competition. The six-time world champion will
enter her fourth Olympics in Sydney. She also competed at the 1988 and
The Sydney Olympics will be extra special for Nattrass who spearheaded a
five-year battle for a separate women's event in trap and skeet at the
Games. It will debut in Sydney.
"It's wonderful all the opportunities available to women in sports now,"
said Nattrass who lives in Seattle where she does medical research in
osteoporosis at the Pacific Medical Clinics since 1996. Previously she was
athletic director at St. Mary's University in Halifax.
"We've come a long way but there's still a long way to go. We can't give
up the battle. At the Olympics in our event there are only 12 women spots
compared to about 40 for the men. We're still second class citizens but
we're up from fourth class."
Women's double trap (120 targets): Sue Nattrass, Edmonton, was 15th in qualifying, eliminated.
Women's trap: Sue Nattrass, Edmonton, was ninth in qualifying, failed to advanced; Cynthia Meyer, Bowen Island, B.C., finished in a tie for 10th, did not advance.
Nattrass misses target
Nattrass gets a hug from niece
2000 Games Shooting Coverage