Encouraged by her father Ed, Brenda started small bore (22 caliber) rifle shooting in the basement rifle range of MRHS in 1979 at the age of twelve. She competed in 308 rifle, 9mm pistol, and blackpowder (muzzleloading) rifle. Primarily a mens sport, nonetheless most competitors were excellent in assisting Brenda with various tips especially her Dad and her mentor Eric Hurlburt of Yarmouth.
During her Junior career to 1984, Brenda was Nova Scotia Junior Champ five times and second once. At the same time in Ladies and Open category, she had three more firsts and three second place finishes. In 1982 Brenda placed second in Canada at the Junior Championships in Granby, Quebec. In 1984 at the Atlantic Championship her Nova Scotia team won first place. From 1981-84 at the Nova Scotia Provincial Winter Postal Matches. Brenda had six first place and one third place finish. At the same time in Meets at Middleton, Kentville and Dartmouth, she had six first place, five second place and one fourth place finish. At Black Powder shoots from 1983-88, Brenda had five first place, two second place and two third place finishes. Brenda appeared in the September 1982 issue of “Atlantic Insight” and in 1983 was a guest on the CBC TV program “Going Great”. Brenda attended University Ste Annes and later Nova Scotia Community College. She worked for a few years with Loomis Armed Guards and had no problems qualifying in marksmanship each year! She resides in Dartmouth with her Middleton husband Mike Diabo.