- name: Petra ZUBLASING
- year of birth: 1989
- nationality: Italian
- birthplace: Appiano
- discipline(s): AR40
- pb: 591 in 3P, 423.7 in Air Rifle
- coach: Franz Zublasing
- shoots with: Walther Anatomic stock, Bleiker Challenger barrel, MEC and Centra sights
Petra Zublasing is one half of the Italian ‘golden couple’, and together with team mate and boyfriend Niccolo Campriani tops the world rankings in their respective disciplines.
Petra followed in Niccolo’s footsteps to West Virginia University in the USA, becoming a key part of their Mountaineers shooting squad and helping the team to achieve some great victories, including the Great American Rifle Conference title in 2011, the 2012 NCAA Air Rifle Championships, and both the Air Rifle and Smallbore NCAA Championships in 2013.
These are just a few of the distinctions Petra has attained during her shooting career, which also includes competing at the London 2012 Olympics, setting new World Records and winning numerous Gold medals. Among her recent successes was winning 3P Gold at the 2014 ISSF World Cup in Beijing, matching fellow champion Niccolo score for score at 458.8!
Petra is now setting her sights for Rio 2016 and using each competition to gain valuable experience to help prepare for this milestone in her shooting story.
60 seconds with Petra
tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I practiced the accordion for six years and I still play from time to time.
what qualifications do you hold?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and was proud to finish first in my class.
what is your proudest moment?
When my sisters made me godmother to their children because it shows how much they love me and trust in me.
what training tips can you offer?
Don’t just go to the range to see what score you can achieve today. Go there with the purpose of learning something new about you and your position every day. And, with the new rifle rules: get up a lot.
do you have a favourite motto or saying?
I don’t always master it myself, but ‘be mindful’ would be it.
what is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
In shooting: to remind myself that when I am anxious shooting in a big match or final that it is my choice to be there and that I do this because I like shooting. In life: you can’t save the world but you should do your best to live with peacefulness and equality.