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About me

My name is Louise Richards (formerly Minett). I had a 20 year career as an international shooter competing in air rifle, 3P and prone.

As a junior from the age of 13 I shot both air and .22 in various competitions including my first Commonwealth Games. At the age of 20 I moved to the national senior squad primarily for air rifle and represented GB at numerous world championships world cup and European events. I hold 1 World Cup medal, 6 Commonwealth medals, World Cup and European Olympic Finals, National Records, 10 times British Womens Air Rifle Champion. I also won a gold medal in the 2006 Commonwealth Games for 3x20 event. I was then invited to join SG Tell Dietzenbach as part of the Bundesliga in Germany.

It is now 6 years since obtaining my coaching Licence from the ISSF Academy. Since then I have been employed as a professional coach by WAA, Paralympics GB and WTSF. This included accompanying my athletes to the Paralympics, World Championships, European Championships and various international events and national competitions. I am now able to offer a full service of coaching at all levels.

I also hold the enhanced CRB certificate to enable me to work legally with young athletes.

I have professional experience in coaching both able bodied and disabled shooters and have also worked with the military.


  • ISSF Class B Coach
  • Feinwerkbau factory-trained in air rifle and .22 rifle servicing

Star image Louise at the ISSF Star image

My heartfelt thanks to the following people who made my career possible -
Dr Irene Daw, Bernard Kooistra, Kimmo Yli Jaskari.

And all the many other kind people who have supported me.