2011 Volunteer of the Year: Wanda Jewell

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (December 21, 2011)

WandaUSA Shooting (USAS) competitions would not run successfully without the help of our outstanding volunteers.  Complimented internationally by the pool of qualified individuals that generously donate their time to the sport, USAS is fortunate and grateful to work with wonderful peers.  Over the last two years, USAS has been privileged to watch the transition of one of our colleagues to volunteer status.  Wanda Jewell’s vast history in the sport widely contributes to the extensive knowledge and experience that she brings to the realm of volunteering—one that is worthy of recognition.

Jewell began shooting in high school in 1970 as a direct result of her parents’ involvement in the National Rifle Association (NRA).  After she competed against a club run by Lones W. Wigger Sr., Jewell’s interest in shooting and in the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) was born.  Rather than immediate enlistment, Jewell enrolled in Eastern Washington State University where she was a three-time All-American rifle shooter and, in 1974, made her first World Team.  Jewell was a member of the first ROTC class to commission women into the Army.  In 1976, she became an active duty soldier and was later assigned to the USAMU where her shooting success soared for many years.

Jewell made her final World Team in 1999.   To date, Jewell has won 13 gold, three silver and two bronze medals, for a total of 18 medals in international competition; most noteworthy is her 1984 Olympic bronze medal in Women’s Three Position Rifle. 

In 2000, Jewell joined the USAS staff as the National Rifle Coach.  After two years, she moved into the role of Director of Operations until she retired in 2008.  However, her love for shooting and passion for promoting the sport did not cease.  Rather, it flourished, and Jewell found a new outlet for her fervor in volunteering.

Jewell is now a certified official in all disciplines—offering a wealth of knowledge in rifle, pistol and shotgun.  She has volunteered for every major USAS event in 2011 and served as the main point of contact for the first ever International Paralympic Committee World Cup held on U.S. soil. 

When asked of what it means to be a volunteer after years of shooting and employment at USAS, Jewell graciously remarks that she is “proud to be a member of such an educated and informed volunteer staff.”  She notes that USAS has the “best trained range officers and enthusiastic workers worldwide” and she empathizes with how much the other volunteers “truly care about the competitions, shooters and organization’s success.”

Jewell’s appreciation for the time and dedication of the volunteer staff has flourished in each stage of her involvement in shooting, and now she shares firsthand the importance of the role of a volunteer and the commitment involved: 

“I look at the other volunteers as true friends, and I am so appreciative of the way they have welcomed me into this new role.  I am proud to contribute my experience and knowledge in another facet to USA Shooting,” says Jewell.

USA Shooting is thankful for Jewell’s contribution to the shooting sports, the organization and the Competition Division’s success.  USA Shooting is proud to name Wanda Jewell as the 2011 Volunteer of the Year.  Thank you, Wanda, and all volunteers, for your passionate service in 2011.




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