Shooter Spotlight: Cara Madonna

The purpose of the “Shooter Spotlight” is to help shooters get to know their fellow competitors a little bit better. We cover a wide range of shooters from “Marksman to Master.” This is the 53rd interview in the series.

Cara Madonna


Where do you call home?
Johnston, RI

How long have you been shooting?
This year is my fourth year.

How did you get involved in shooting competitively?
My dad is apart of the Smithfield Sportsmans Club and they have a Junior Rifle team there that meets Friday nights. Once the club finished their new indoor range, I began to shoot there competitively for my first time.

What is a little known fact about yourself that your fellow competitors might not know?
Even though I don’t come off as the competitive type, I push myself to be the best there is while still having fun and enjoying what I do.

What do you consider your finest shooting achievement.
Receiving the expert ranking. I was the first Junior Rifle shooter to achieve that award and I’m one of the few girls that shoot there competitvely so that adds to the acheivement.

What is your favorite pre-match meal?
My dad’s pasta.

What is your favorite post match drink?
Brisk lemon iced tea.

Do you have a favorite shooting range?
I’ve only shot at Smithfield Sportsmans Club, but I prefer the indoor range to the outdoor.

Do you have any short term and/or long term goals?
I’d like to go to college for medical sciences and continue shooting competitively through high school.

What shooting skill are currently focussing your energy on?
My breathing techniques.

Thanks Cara for sharing a little bit about yourself with the community!

About Joe Graf

Joe Graf started shooting competitively as a junior in 1983 in both smallbore and high power rifle. After completing his junior career, he turned his attention to focus on smallbore rifle. In addition to shooting competitively, Joe has been the director of the RI Smallbore Rifle League since 1993, the Director of Smallbore Competition for RI State Rifle & Revolver Association since 2005, a member of the 2007 National Four Position Indoor Championship team, and Executive Officer of the RI State Rifle & Revolver Association since 2010. He is a National Record Holder, member of the Smithfield Sportsman's Club, the Blackhawk Rifle Club, and Digby Hand Schuetzenverein. He is a contributor to
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