Enslin fam­ily shoots for stars at world ti­tles

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

THE com­pe­ti­tion con­di­tions the Enslins de­scribe about the World Long Range Cham­pi­onships would drive en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious peo­ple mad.

Cal­tex Ap­ple Tree Creek man­agers Gil­lian Webb-Enslin and Dar­ren Enslin are al­ready world cham­pion shoot­ers, and now son Dean is get­ting in on the act. The younger Enslin will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia for the first time as he takes his place in the un­der-25 team.

It is a stage Gil­lian and Dar­ren have been on four times be­fore in the green and gold, as well as one time for Zim­babwe be­fore re­lo­cat­ing to Aus­tralia.

The pair was se­lected in the open team, and all three will travel to Ohio for the Au­gust com­pe­ti­tion.

But the range Dar­ren de­scribed is com­pletely for­eign to what we’re used to at home, with shoot­ers to take aim at tar­gets over a lake.

“(The bul­lets) just go through the tar­get and end up at the bot­tom of the lake,” he said.

The bizarre op­er­at­ing con­di­tions will be just one chal­lenge Dean will face in first na­tional tour, with jet­lag and sti­fling hu­mid­ity adding to nerves.

Judg­ing by his genes Dean should han­dle the sit­u­a­tion per­fectly though, and the fifth gen­er­a­tion shooter will have am­ple op­por­tu­nity to sneak in ex­tra prac­tice be­fore com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for this. It’s go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Dean said he would shoot for the stars at the event, as he tried to turn a golden dream to re­al­ity.

Gil­lian said they did most of their shoot­ing at the Pa­cific Ri­fle Club at Bel­mont in Bris­bane and at ranges in Bund­aberg.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

TOP SHOTS: Shoot­ing fam­ily Gil­lian Webb-Enslin, Dean Enslin and Dar­ren Enslin. All three will rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the USA later this year.

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