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Rackenford shooter Katie Cox denied passport to represent Great Britain

By NDJMark  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Katie Cox hopes to represent Great Britain in Portugal

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A clay pigeon shooter from Rackenford could be denied the chance to represent Great Britain after being turned down for a passport.

Katie Cox was thrilled to be selected for her country after impressing in a qualifying event in Warwickshire on Sunday.

But after travelling to London on Wednesday, her request for a fast-track passport was refused.

Katie, 28, has never been abroad but hopes the issue can be resolved before she is due to fly to Portugal on June 3 for the European Universal Trench Championships.  

She said: "I'm not going on holiday, I'm trying to represent my country in a sporting event."They said it's not a good enough case. It's not a bereavement and it couldn't get a fast-track passport.

"I'm just a local lass from Devon. Born and bred down here.

"I have never felt the urge to go abroad – there's quite a lot to do in this country – but my shooting has taken me that way.  Who doesn't want to represent their country if they can?"

After taking up competitive shooting five years ago and making her England debut last year, Katie is enjoying her best season. 

She only upgraded to a new MX8 gun a few weeks ago and the results have remained strong while making the adjustment.

Katie is the top-ranked woman for the automatic ball trap discipline in the country. 

After finishing third in the first two selection shoots in Yorkshire and Dorset, she took first place in Rugby, earning selection for Great Britain.

"I just managed to scrape together the points I needed and ended up winning by one play," she said. 

"I didn't really expect to qualify. That's why it's a rush to get my passport. I wasn't expecting to get in the team quite so quickly."

As one of only three senior women selected for the trip, Katie is optimistic she will still be able to go to Portugal. 

"It's my dream," she said.  "It's the only thing I'm good at."I have had lots of support from my local village at Rackenford. My parents and family have been brilliant.

"I've got my local MP writing letters so we'll have to see what happens. The Barnstaple office for Nick Harvey is on the case.

"I have got to stay positive and think that I can still go." 

The Passport Office hope to arrange another appointment with Katie to review the case.

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