Goody survives to claim silver medal
Monto man beats Australian representatives in sudden-death shoot
IN CLAY trap shooting a split second can mean the difference between success and failure.
There is no margin for error but Monto shooter Kurt Goody continues to thrive in the high-pressure environment, claiming silver against a star-studded field in the Australia Cup four men’s trap in Brisbane on the weekend.
Goody survived a sudden-death shoot to edge out a host of Australian representatives, including the currentWorld Cup champion who finished with the bronze medal.
The result continues Goody’s impressive recent form which includes winning bronze in the third event of the Australia Cup
Kurt Goody We had a sudden-death shoot then and I was the last man standing so went into the gold medal match.
series in Perth in August.
“It’s not about aiming in clay trap shooting, it’s all about instinct,” the 29-year-old said.
“When the target comes out you get your eyes on it and then the gun just follows.
“When you are chasing (the target, with your eyes) you then swing the gun in front a bit, then you pull the trigger and in that split second the target and the bullet line up, so you break the target.”
Goody was strong from the start in the Australian Cup at the weekend.
“Out of my first 125 I shot 110,” Goody said.
“Then I shot 12 out of 15 in the semi, to tie with three other guys. We had a sudden-death shoot then and I was the last man standing so went into the gold medal match.
“I shot pretty terribly in the final though. I missed the first three and got only eight out of 15 but it still meant I got the silver.”
Although Goody said he preferred to shoot in competitions rather than practise, growing up around fellow enthusiasts at the Mungungo Gun Club meant he had a lifelong passion for the sport.
“My dad was always a shooter at the club and I went along since I was about 12-years-old,” Goody said.
“I used to be the trap-boy, firing the traps from the concrete bunkers. I don’t think you’re allowed them anymore though, now they have automatic hoppers.”
Goody said his aim was to wear the green jacket for Australia, declaring that the goal served to motivate him and that he still had plenty of time to achieve his representative goal.
“It’s great how it’s one of the only sports you can play all your life,” he said.
“(But) when your eyes start to go it gets a bit tougher.”
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Monto's Kurt Goody finished second out of 32 clay-target shooters at the Australian Cup Four on the weekend.