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.