Louise Gowar, now of Numeralla, was born in Canberra in 1947 and came to live on Monaro in 1978 when she started shooting with the Snowy River Pistol Club of Jindabyne.
By 1981 Lou had gained a position on the NSW Pistol Team and remained with the NSW Team until 1987 when she retired from the sport after being named Australian Ladies’ Air Pistol Champion.
In 1982 Lou gained nomination to the National Team Training Squad and later that year was selected on the Australian Shooting Team which competed at the World Shooting Championships in Venezuela. In 1983 she again represented Australia in the World Airgun Championships in Austria and in 1986 represented Australia in the World Championships in East Germany.
During her time with the NSW and Australian Team Lou won numerous medals and the following is a list of the gold medals won by her:
NSW Winning Team, Ladies Air Pistol (National Championships)
1982 NSW Champion, Ladies Match (State Championships)
1984 ACT Champion, Ladies Air Pistol (ACT Championships)
1984 NSW Champion, Ladies Match (State Championships)
1984 NSW champion, Ladies Air Pistol (State Championships)
1985 Australian Champion, Ladies Match (National Championships)
1986 NSW Winning Team, Ladies Sport Pistol (National Championships)
1986 South Pacific Regional Shooting Championships, Champion, Ladies Match
1986 Australian Winning Team, Ladies sport Pistol and Ladies Air Pistol
1987 Australian Champion, Ladies Air Pistol (National Championships)
In 1984, in conjunction with winning the ACT Ladies Air Pistol Championship Lou was awarded an Australia Day Medal for achievement in Sport by the Australia Day Council.