Open day at­tracts shoot­ers to range

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT - Erica Mur­ree

THE re­sponse to the Biggen­den Ri­fle Club’s open day was more than of­fi­cials ex­pected.

Club sec­re­tary Krys­tal Mon­a­han said the pur­pose for the open day was to en­cour­age new shoot­ers.

“The day was an op­por­tu­nity for any­one to come along and give it a try at no cost to them and with no obli­ga­tion to join,” she said. “We had ex­pected around 20 shoot­ers how­ever we were for­tu­nate enough to end up hav­ing dou­bled that.”

Queens­land Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion board mem­ber and Bund­aberg Bur­nett Ri­fle Club vice cap­tain An­drew McKil­lop or­gan­ised fund­ing for the day.

Mr McKil­lop said he was only too pleased to sup­port the club’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The day in­tro­duced younger peo­ple to the sport of shoot­ing,” he said.

“It was all about safety and the re­spon­si­ble fire arm use.”

Mr McKil­lop said ri­fle shoot­ing was a sport where any gen­der, young or old or any dis­abil­ity could com­pete on the same level.

“It’s also a sport a fam­ily can en­joy to­gether,” he said.

“You of­ten find fe­males are bet­ter than the males.”

He said shoot­ers could take the sport as far as they want to, from so­cially to travel to prize meets, state and na­tion­als shoots and end up over­seas.

“Young peo­ple from 11 years are able to have a mi­nor li­cence,” he said.

“You can start the sport at this age and at 80 still have a com­pet­i­tive na­ture all the way through.

“Young peo­ple can’t own a firearm but with a li­censed adult can use a firearm.”

Mr McKil­lop said shoot­ing was a very tech­ni­cal sport that taught dis­ci­pline in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“For any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the sport there is al­ways some­one who of­fer ad­vice and help out.”

In at­ten­dance on the day to as­sist with the cater­ing were the Biggen­den cadets, who also took ad­van­tage of shoot­ing on the range with adult su­per­vi­sion.

Sam­son Wykamp said the day was “awe­some”.

“They told me I was pretty good with my aim.”

He was ex­cited to have shot the pig tar­get in the grass.

Also at­tend­ing was Gra­ham King, who re­newed his in­ter­est in the sport.

Li­censed shooter, Bund­aberg’s Drew Kronk, said it was an en­joy­able day for any first time shoot­ers.

“It was great to ex­pe­ri­ence com­pe­ti­tion shoot­ing.”

Un­li­censed shooter Mitch Worm­ing­ton, also from Bund­aberg, said the Biggen­den range was a nice learn­ing shoot­ing en­vi­ron­ment for new shoot­ers.

“It is nice fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment and the peo­ple very wel­com­ing.”

Biggen­den Ri­fle Club holds its meets on the first and third Sun­days of each month. Sign in is 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone sec­re­tary Krys­tal Mon­a­han on 0488 019 040

PHO­TOS: ERICA MUR­REE

ED­U­CATED: Biggen­den cadets were taken up with the ri­fles.

Korey Kue­lah­way and fam­ily from the Childers area came out to the range for some­thing dif­fer­ent.

Kaiden Mon­a­han is all geared up for his prac­tice shoot.

They shot them down so the Biggen­den cadets went around and put the tar­gets back in place.

Those who turned out for the Biggen­den Ri­fle Club's open day to try the sport were given su­per­vi­sion.

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