Terri DeWitt was just seven years old when her father, FSA Trap Section Leader Charlie Wentzel, joined Fairfield Sportsmen’s Association. Growing up in a shooting household, it might seem natural that Terri would become a shooter but in shotgun shooting she found not only an enjoyable pastime, but a calling. She determined to hone the craft of wingshooting to as fine an edge as she could accomplish.
After earning a degree from The Ohio State University and shooting (casually and seriously) with her parents for some time, Terri joined the United States Army and was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, Georgia. While her primary mission was to compete and win in National and International competitions, Terri was also received training as a Military Police officer.
Included among her accomplishments are 6 U.S. National Championships in International Trap and Double Trap, 5 National Records, and 16 World Cup and World Championship medals. Terri also won the Gold Medal at the 12th Pan-American Games (1995, Mar Del Plata, Argentina), followed by a Silver Medal in Women’s Double Trap at the 1996 World Cup USA held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Later that same year Terri, as a member of the U.S. Olympic Team, represented the United States at the XXVI Olympiad, held (for the Summer Games) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, finishing in 4th place in Women’s Double Trap.
She followed up with U.S. Women’s National Championships in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2006. In 1999, she also earned the U.S. Women’s National Championship in Double Trap and a Silver Medal at the World Cup match in Lonato, Italy, and in 2006, she won another Silver Medal in Trap at the World Cup USA Match in Kerrville, Texas.
Gold was hers again in Trap at the 2008 World Cup USA match, again in Kerrville, Texas.
Although Terri has retired from the U.S. Army and from competitive shooting, she remains deeply involved in the sport through coaching and teaching. She recently earned a “C” level coach’s certification from the ISSF (the International governing body for the Olympic shooting sports), is an NRA Level 3 Shotgun coach, and is close to finishing a Master’s degree in Sport Coaching. Her seminars on Olympic Trap are well-attended and she is currently the Head Coach for the SCTP National Team, carefully cultivating the sport’s leaders and medalists of tomorrow.
We are proud that Terri remains a longtime member of FSA and a faithful member of the FSA family.