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Shooting star's baby boom

23 July 2002

“Don’t even think of coming home until the Commonwealth Games are over,” was the message to smallbore rifle shooter Sean McCabe from home – even though he’s just become a dad.

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McCabe’s wife, herself a former New Zealand international, was resolute – and put her country’s medal prospects ahead of her husband’s family loyalty.

McCabe, 36, from Auckland, was competing in the World Championships in Lahti, Finland when baby Georgina arrived four weeks early. He received a call on his mobile to tell him the good news.

Coach Tom Mulvey said: “It’s a big relief for him to know his wife’s not struggling around the house anymore. Mother and baby are doing well and that’s bound to have a positive effect on his shooting."

"All his friends in the team have received a great boost from the news but they’re saving their big celebration until the competition is done,” Mulvey added.

McCabe, who shoots photographs for a living, finished third in the warm-up Badge Event at Bisley on Monday, and he and Petterson are among the favourites to take the Pairs event in the 50m smallbore prone rifle.

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