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Sarah Beard began shooting in 2006, practicing air rifle in her basement. She is the daughter of William and Karen Beard (who have equal chances of winning her #1 Fan award), and has two wonderfully unique brothers, Christopher and Stephen. Her father, a member of the 1984 Olympic Shooting Team, introduced her to competitive shooting and remains the inspiration for her passion. When she visits home, they still shoot matches together, enjoying a challenging competition. Beard was a four-time NCAA All-American in both air and smallbore rifle while competing for the Texas Christian University Women’s Rifle Team.  During her tenure the program earned a pair of NCAA Championships (2010 & 2012) as well as two third-place finishes (2011 & 2013).  She finished her collegiate career having helped lead the program to a 48-3 record during that span.  She is currently a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Father Bill Beard congratulates Sarah as she becomes 2013 3-Position National Champion.
Father Bill Beard congratulates Sarah as she becomes 2013 3-Position National Champion.

In addition to Olympic-style shooting, Beard also enjoys long-range and tactical competitions. Her first long-range matches in May of 2014 (Sniper’s Hide Cup and Remembering the Brave) made a strong impression on her with the overwhelming hospitality of another shooting community. With many similarities to her more familiar style of shooting, Beard looks forward to continuing competing in long-range matches in the coming years.

long range shooting

Another of her favorite things to do is “adventuring”—traveling, hiking, cycling, and learning wherever she can. Always curious about the world around her, Beard’s most memorable trips include learning the rainforests of Costa Rica, meeting the indigenous people of Peru on the Inca Trail, and backpacking in Colorado. Anything involving fitness, challenge, and the outdoors is equivalent to a Chipotle burrito for her soul, and equally satisfying.