PRO­FILE

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

JOHN Wooldridge is a keen com­peti­tor, but his tough­est op­po­nent is him­self.

Wooldridge loves the dis­ci­pline of shoot­ing and al­ways pushes him­self to im­prove.

“You’re shoot­ing against yourself, es­pe­cially in tar­get shoot­ing,” he said.

“I try re­ally hard to bet­ter my­self.”

Wooldridge joined Mun­dub­bera Small Bore Ri­fle Club in 2005 be­cause his grand­son wanted to learn how to shoot.

He used to just do the scor­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion un­til one day some­one con­vinced him to have a go.

“I’ve been hooked ever since,” he said.

Wooldridge en­joys tar­get shoot­ing and bench rest tar­get shoot­ing more than sil­hou­ette shoot­ing and has trav­elled for com­pe­ti­tions.

He has been to Bris­bane, Bund­aberg and Toowoomba and re­cently com­peted in Bel­mont where he shot 597/600 to earn a sil­ver medal.

He was to com­pete at the na­tional ti­tles in Ade­laide but with­draw due to a back in­jury.

Be­fore he was in­jured, Wooldridge would prac­tise at the club twice a week, but stressed the sport re­quired men­tal and not just phys­i­cal dis­ci­pline.

“You have your good days and your bad days – some days you go out there and just point your gun and it hits the bullseyes,” he said.

“Other days you come out here and try your hard­est and it won’t go any­where near it.

“The mo­ment you have a neg­a­tive thought, you’ve lost and will miss the bull.”

EYES ON THE TAR­GET: John Wooldridge hopes to go to na­tion­als next year.

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