Bev Crouchley’s great-niece, Chloe Tipple of Christchurch, has been selected to represent New Zealand in women’s skeet shooting at the Tokyo Olympic Games this month.
Mrs Crouchley, of Ashburton, was thrilled when she got the news.
“I know how much she has put into the sport, I have been following her closely over the years,” Mrs Crouchley said.
Right after Chloe was told she had made the Olympic team, she was on the phone to her great-aunt to pass on the good news. Chloe and Mrs Crouchley have always had a close relationship; Chloe would stay in Ashburton with her great-aunt when travelling the South Island to compete.
Mrs Crouchley, 84, has lived in and around Ashburton for most of her life. She is all set up to watch the Olympics after a friend gifted a large screen TV to see all the action.
It is not Chloe’s first foray into representing New Zealand, the 30-year-old competed in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games where she placed seventh.
By Daniel Tobin