Canadian International Trapshooter
Amanda started hunting and fishing at a very young age. she went on her first partridge hunting trip with her grandparents at around 2 years old. her love for the outdoors, including hunting with her family fostered her love for shooting early on. for as long as Amanda can remember Shooting had been a pass time in her family, whether it be shooting clays on the arm-buster at the family farm for fun, hunting or in competitions around western Canada.
Amanda first started helping out at the gun range around 9 years old working in the trap houses or keeping score at competitions as her parents shot. Her family travelled all over Alberta to various shoots and she would work at the ranges. always wanting to try shooting Amanda broke her first target at age 11 in Stettler, Alberta. She Spent the evening practicing away, she was hooked. Amanda quickly cut a deal with her dad, once she could break 20/25 targets she could start shooting in amateur competitions. it took countless hours of practice but finally at age 12 Amanda was able to shoot her first registered target at the Edmonton Gun Club.
from there Amanda competed at various clubs across western Canada at amateur trapshooting registered shoots. She shot her first perfect 100/100 in the singles event at the Alberta provincials in 2004 making her the youngest Canadian female at the time to do so at age 14. After winning various Provincial and Canadian titles in her categories over the years, Amanda wanted to try her hand at a new challenge, International Shooting. She shot her first international event at the 2006 Canadian Nationals at the Strathcona Range in Edmonton,ab. Amanda won her first international title as Canadian JUnior Champion in International shooting. In 2007 High school got in the way of her travelling to the Nationals so she was forced to take a year off from International Shooting. in 2008 after graduating high school, Amanda attended the nationals and won her first spot on the Canadian Women's National Team. She has Kept her spot on the team ever since.
In the fall of 2008, Amanda started her first year of Business school at the University of Alberta. Committed to getting her degree she was unable to travel internationally on the team until 2011 when she attended the World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Since then, Amanda has competed in events all of the world. In 2013, Amanda graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
2014 proved to be a great year for Amanda. Not only was she at the top of her game as far as shooting goes, she also married her long time boy friend and biggest supporter, Jason Obrigewitch in June. in August, Amanda Went on to win the Canadian Nationals event in Toronto Making it the 5th consecutive year she has won the Canadian Women's Title. Spending as much time as possible in the off season down in the U.S. training, Amanda was ready for 2015. She attended the world Cup in Acapulco, Mexico shooting a personal best of 68/75. In May of 2015, Amanda won her first place position, at a selection match, to represent Canada at the upcoming Pan American Games. This would be Amanda's first ever major games. With the support of her husband, family and friends Amanda came out on top with her first ever Gold Medal after a hard fought battle with the United States top contenders. She also won, with that medal, an Olympic Quota Spot for Canadian Women's Trapshooting for Rio 2016.
with the 2015 Canadian Nationals nearing, Amanda Sets her sights on a 6th consecutive win and after a tough four day battle she was able to come out on top once again. From there Amanda and Jason patiently awaited the arrive of their first child in February 2016. on February 9, 2016 they welcomed a beautiful and healthy baby boy named tylan. shortly after his arrival Amanda set her sights on the upcoming rio Olympic trials to take place April 15, 2016. Amanda has been training both on and off the range to get ready for the trials and is looking forward to putting forth her best package yet. The Olympics have always been Amanda goal, and she hopes that 2016 is her year.