Young guns have good shot at future success
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.”
HOT SHOTS: Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club juniors Callum Hickling, left, and Matthew Rayner.