Jersey shooters Norman and Holmes thrilled with gold

Shooting target

Shooters Nikki Holmes and Mary Norman say they are proud and thrilled to claim Jersey's first gold medal of the 2011 Island Games.

The pair were winners in the women's 10m air pistol team event in the Isle of Wight.

Holmes and Norman scored 725, beating Guernsey's Tara Laine and Rebecca Margetts.

Holmes said: "When I finished I was absolutely exhausted. I'm really proud and excited."

Norman, who has represented Jersey at previous Island Games and Commonwealth Games, told BBC Radio Jersey her experience has caused greater expectations.

She said: "I think there are more pressures perhaps from other people. I don't think I put pressure on myself particularly.

"I was surprised at how nervous I was. My arm was shaking slightly, so it took me much longer to get my shots away. I'm thrilled and proud."

Jersey finished the opening day of competition in fourth place in the medals table overall.