Club wants new mem­bers

20 at­tend Easter shoot at week­end

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Coquerand

GUN CLUB: The Cen­tral Burnett Gun Club is search­ing for new mem­bers af­ter a sig­nif­i­cant de­cline in mem­ber­ship.

The Easter shoot took place at the Cen­tral Burnett Gun Club with around 20 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

One of the re­main­ing foun­da­tion mem­bers Gary Dar­ling­ton was part of the club when it kicked off in Gayn­dah in 1957.

“The gun club was founded in Gayn­dah and due to the large in­ter­est in Mun­dub­bera, it moved here,” Dar­ling­ton said.

“I be­gan shoot­ing guns when I was six years old and have al­ways had an in­ter­est in it.”

De­spite its huge pop­u­lar­ity, mem­ber­ship num­bers are sig­nif­i­cantly de­clin­ing.

“It used to be quite strong and we had a lot of peo­ple leave the dis­trict, they used to stay on prop­er­ties and now they’re get­ting jobs and are too busy,” Dar­ling­ton said.

One of the Bund­aberg mem­bers, Trent Alke­made said for num­bers to grow, you need to ad­ver­tise to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

“You need to put the fo­cus on Face­book site, put pro­mo­tional stuff in magazines, you rarely see shoot­ing stuff in magazines any­more,” Alke­made said.

Alke­made said club mem­bers could learn quite a lot.

“You learn hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion and track­ing, how to track the line and how to im­prove on your hand-eye co-or­di­na­tion is the big­gest thing,” he said.

“Shoot­ing is a self-dis­ci­plined sport so ev­ery tar­get you miss, it’s purely be­cause of you, it’s got noth­ing else to do with the team, if you drop a tar­get, it’s you.

“Ev­ery tar­get you get is sat­is­fy­ing, it’s a quick cy­cle of re­ward.”

The next event is Satur­day, April 29 start­ing at 3.30pm.

DOWN TIME: Tyson Myer, Kim Choate, Colby Reed, Gary Dar­ling­ton watch­ing the play­ers have a shoot. PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

Kim Choate watch­ing the play­ers shoot at the Cen­tral Burnett Where all the ri­fles are po­si­tioned be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion be­gins. Gun Club.

Gary Dar­ling­ton in ac­tion at the Cen­tral Burnett Gun Club.

Trent Alke­made and Brooke Geary be­fore their next shoot at the Cen­tral Burnett Gun Club.

Nola Dar­ling­ton and Michelle Geary pre­par­ing food and drinks for the play­ers and spec­ta­tors.

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