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