FOR HOUNSLOW shooting star Sheree Cox, there are a lot of problems with her sport.
But it makes it all worth it when you have had a five months like the 18-year-old has.
It started in October when she went to India for the Youth Commonwealth Games and came home clutching gold and bronze medals.
Fast forward to January and the venue is Australia, for the Youth Olympic Festival, where Cox was shooting against rivals more than four years her senior - but this time she earned an excellent silver.
There was still more to come in Holland last month, where she competed for Britain in the Intershoot International 2009.
Cox responded to the challenge, winning three golds and setting a new British junior air rifle record.
To round it all off , she came home for the British Championships at Bisley, where she was bang on target for the British Junior air rifle crown.
Cox, who shoots at Heston & Hounslow Rifle Club in Green Lane, Hounslow, said: "There are lot of problems besetting shooting in this country at the moment.
"There's politics, funding, finance and always the draconian laws on guns to contend with.
"You just have to keep your head down and work on your own aims - and if they come off like they have in recent months it's a welcome bonus."
However, the pursuit of excellence that has also put a strain on the Cox family's fortunes.
Cox, who lives just down the road in Sunbury, shoots .22 and air rifles, which can cost up to £5,000 each.
Then the specially-made jacket and trousers come in at around £400 apiece.
"You have to wear them because they aid your posture. If you did not wear them your back would be crippled in a year," she said.
Even ammunition is usually around £7.50 per shot.
"If you are doing a proper training sessions you can get through 50 shots easily," added Cox.
"So you can see you get through the money pretty swiftly."
For the top-notch shots like Cox, British Shooting used to pay for trips abroad and training.
But when the funding for the 2012 Olympics was announced late last year, shooting took a 75 per cent hit, which almost immediately led to the squad being cut in half.
Fortunately for Cox, she can practice with her weapons, under very tight security, in England, while others shooters have travelled as far afield as Switzerland just to practice.
"Other shooters around the world, where they are allowed to train in their own back yards, think we are a laughing stock," she added.
"At our home centre at Bisley it costs £6.80 an hour to train. When we were in Australia it was about £5.50 per day and you got a trainer if you needed one."
None of this is going to put Cox off aiming for London 2012, however.
She added: "From the moment my dad took me down to the Heston and Hounslow Rifle Club when I was just 13 I have been absolutely hooked on the sport.
"My boyfriend, all my other friends and my life are bound up in shooting, and it makes all the physical training and all the lying down or kneeling in the rain worthwhile."