Gympie shooters best in state
160 shots, 160 hits.
That was the result for two Gympie shooters at the State Silhouette Championships in Childers recently, with Shannon Peters and Hayden Stey topping the competition as the only two shooters with perfect scores.
In a close shoot-off to break the deadlock, Peters eventually took the Queensland title ahead of Stey in second, while his mum Suzy Stey completed an all-Gympie podium finish, with a third-placed score of 158.
Hayden Stey also took out the sub-junior title, with sister Savanna in second.
Dad, Les, topped off the brilliant carnival for the family by winning the D-grade competition.
Another Gympie shooter, Jimmy Wardell, won the junior title with a score of 155.
Four sets of targets were placed for competitors; at 35m, 55m, 75m and 90m, with each shooter taking 40 shots in a match (a total of 10 at each target).
With four matches making up the championships, Peters' and Stey's scores of 160 meant neither of them missed a shot.
"It's an excellent result for our club," Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club captain Bill Lintott said.
"Gympie has had pretty good success at Queensland titles in the past.
"One of our members won in 2012."
Any interested shooters are encouraged to try out the sport at the club's weekly shoots every Friday night, located at 62 Banks Pocket Rd.
You don't need a shooting license initially, with visitors given a chance to try it out for a few weeks first, and the club also has its own set of rifles to borrow if needed.