Shooter Profile: TIFFANY COLLINSON AND ALAN HELFER AT THE 2014 AUTUMN GRAND
“When Tiffany told me she matched me with her 200 in the Singles Championship, it was like déjà vu – like old times,” her dad Alan Helfer said. “We both did the same thing back in Phoenix at the 1999 Spring Grand.”
“I never expected to shoot as well as I did!” Tiffany exclaimed to T&F from her home in Fort Collins, Colorado, her spirit still buoyed by her achievements at the Autumn Grand.
Her dad and #1 coach wasn’t surprised. “She picked it up again after 14 years, right off the bat,” Alan Helfer explained. “I could see by the way she shot on the practice trap that she was going to be as good, if not better, than when she quit.”
Alan made it to the fourth shoot-off round in the quest for the champion’s crown, leaving the field with his 99 and his daughter up against the two remaining, formidible challengers.
When she saw her dad miss his target, Tiffany remembered thinking to herself, “Don’t you dare miss your next one! You can miss the one after that, but not your next one!” She didn’t want Alan to think that his loss had affected her, and for him to feel badly.
Did she get the next target? Wait ‘til you read the whole story in February’s issue!