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2005 Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award Winner

NRA Honors Connecticut's Patricia Clark for Leadership In Shooting Sports

Ms. Patricia A. Clark is the 2005 recipient of the National Rifle Association's prestigious Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award.

A lifelong shooting sports enthusiast, Clark has been introducing juniors to the shooting sports for more than 25 years. As an NRA Certified Firearm Instructor and Training Counselor, as well as a coach and mentor, she has developed shooters who have competed nationally and internationally, won championships, earned collegiate shooting scholarships and received numerous honors. Most importantly, she has shared her passion for the shooting sports and has served as an example of how one can enjoy them for a lifetime.

As an avid competitive shooter, Clark has been a member of the women's Randle Team. Clark's involvement in the shooting sports led to her election to the NRA Board of Directors in 1999. Since that time, she has shared her vast knowledge and experience to increase juniors' participation in competitive shooting. Currently, she serves as chairman of the Air Gun Committee and Youth Programs Committee, as well as vice chairman of the Education and Training Committee and the Smallbore Rifle Committee. She is also a member of the Competition Rules and Program Committee.

Sue King, NRA Director and Chairman of NRA's Women's Policies Committee said, "Never semi-committed, never peripherally involved -- Pat Clark's commitment and dedication to the shooting sports as a participant, a coach and mentor, and as a defender of the Second Amendment is not exceeded by anyone."

Named for a heroine of the American Revolution, the Sybil Ludington Women's Freedom Award was created in 1995. It recognizes the contributions of women who have demonstrated dedication to the promotion of the Second Amendment, have made outstanding achievements in educational contributions while advancing the purposes and goals of the NRA and, through legislative and legal contributions, have significantly impacted the preservation of the shooting sports at the national level.

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