Young guns have good shot at fu­ture suc­cess

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

LO­CAL shoot­ers will hit the high­way again this week­end for the Rose and Rodeo City Open Shoot at War­wick.

Some Isis Dis­trict Small­bore Ri­fle Club mem­bers made the trip to Beaudesert last week­end for the PSQ ISSF/PA State Cham­pi­onships, with Julie Dunks fin­ish­ing third in the air pis­tol cat­e­gory.

Not only did Dunks’ fan­tas­tic re­sult show her skill and abil­ity with a firearm, her suc­cess will have a roll-on ef­fect for the club.

Shoot­ers like Julie

Ju­nior shooter Callum Hick­ling’s mother Char­lene

One of his mates at school had been (shoot­ing) for ages and we went along to a come­and-try day.

Dunks, club pres­i­dent Larry Dunks and sec­re­tary Greg Ten­nent have formed a top-notch team to teach and train the next gen­er­a­tion.

That gen­er­a­tion is al­ready here, with Childers ju­niors Matthew Rayner and Callum Hick­ling start­ing to make their marks at the lo­cal level.

Rayner and Hick­ling nailed a top-two fin­ish at last month’s Queens­land Small­bore Sil­hou­ette Cham­pi­onships.

They shot across two days, which in­cluded a 40-shot night match.

“The kids have done very well,” Ten­nent said.

“Both of them have had a cou­ple of years each at the club and are just two of our ju­niors.

“There’s a few more com­ing up through the ranks.”

Hick­ling has only been in the shoot­ing world for about 18 months and his sec­ond-place fin­ish at the Sil­hou­ette Cham­pi­onships was a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment in just his sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion.

The 13-year-old’s mother, Char­lene, de­scribed Hick­ling as a typ­i­cal teenage boy.

“He rides his mo­tor­bike, plays his PS4 and jumps around on the tram­po­line when he’s got time,” Char­lene said.

“One of his mates at school had been (shoot­ing) for ages and we went along to a come-and-try day.

“He’s only been in it for about 18 months at the max­i­mum.”

She said Hick­ling shot two or three times per month and first com­peted at the Childers Cup.

“He just gets out of a Sun­day and they do some tar­get and sil­hou­ette shoot­ing,” Char­lene said.

“Get­ting his li­cence is the next step. Then after that is the ri­fle, if he re­ally wants one. I’ll have to get a li­cence (if he wants a ri­fle), due to his age. I used to have one when I worked se­cu­rity but I let it go.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HOT SHOTS: Isis Dis­trict Small­bore Ri­fle Club ju­niors Callum Hick­ling, left, and Matthew Rayner.

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