Duo on tar­get to face world’s best

Shooter pair uses na­tion­als as train­ing run

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LO­CAL shoot­ers Dar­ren Enslin and Gil­lian Webb-Enslin have re­turned from the na­tional cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane with re­newed de­ter­mi­na­tion to do their coun­try proud.

The Ap­ple Tree Creek hus­band and wife duo are pre­par­ing to rep­re­sent the na­tion at the World Long Range Cham­pi­onships to be held in Ohio, USA, in Au­gust next year.

The pair used the na­tional cham­pi­onships last month as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the world cham­pi­onships.

And it seems their ef­forts are pay­ing off, with both Enslin and Webb-Enslin plac­ing in the top 25 of the A-grade open event.

But Ms Webb-Enslin was quick to brush off her suc­cess at the cham­pi­onships, where she came sev­enth.

“When I went into the fi­nals I could have won it,” she said.

“I was ahead of the leader when I went into the fi­nals.

“It plays on your mind – it’s a real mind game. You do all the work and prepa­ra­tions but you can’t re­ally repli­cate what it’s go­ing to be like on the day.”

Ms Webb-Enslin was a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed in the end re­sult, but ad­mit­ted the re­sult wasn’t “too bad” con­sid­er­ing Aus­tralia’s best shoot­ers were com­pet­ing.

She said she was con­fi­dent Aus­tralia would be well rep­re­sented at the world ti­tles and would aim at a gold medal.

“I’m feel­ing very, very con­fi­dent that this is a very strong team,” she said.

“We’ve been close – we got bronze in Canada, but we keep work­ing to­wards that gold.”

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

TAK­ING AIM: Gil­lian Webb-Enslin in ac­tion at the re­cent na­tional cham­pi­onships, where she was placed sev­enth.

TAK­ING A BREAK: Dar­ren Enslin get­ting the royal treat­ment while shoot­ing is paused due to rain at a re­cent na­tional cham­pi­onships in Bris­bane.

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