Cham­pi­ons in the fam­ily

The Enslin brigade hit­ting the tar­get at this year’s cham­pi­onships in Amer­ica

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

MANY shoot­ers have heard the words “Camp Perry” spo­ken with a sense of awe and rev­er­ence.

Af­ter all, Camp Perry, Ohio, USA, is where all the se­ri­ous com­pet­i­tive ri­fle and pis­tol shoot­ers gather for best of the best brag­ging rights.

Why the awe re­gard­ing Camp Perry?

That’s where com­peti­tors do su­per­hu­man things like hit 1000-yard dis­tant tar­gets with just 10-inch cen­tre bullseyes, us­ing only iron sights.

Camp Perry isn’t about a sin­gle com­pe­ti­tion. It’s the home of dozens of com­pe­ti­tions, one of which wrapped up on Au­gust 14.

That would be the 2015 World Long Range Palma Cham­pi­onships.

Just prior to that was the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion Amer­ica High Power Ri­fle Long Range Cham­pi­onships.

Many top com­peti­tors from around the world en­tered events for plenty of trig­ger time op­por­tu­nity.

What ex­actly is a palma match?

Palma matches date back to 1876. The orig­i­nal tro­phy for the Great Cen­ten­nial Ri­fle Match fea­tured the word palma. Ap­par­ently the an­cient Latin trans­lated to some­thing like vic­to­ri­ous, or per­haps glory. It didn’t take long for the re­cur­ring team com­pe­ti­tion to be­come known as a palma match.

Nowa­days, in­ter­na­tional palma matches are char­ac­terised by a few main things; .308 Winch­ester car­tridges, 800, 900, and 1000 yard stages, and iron sights. In­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions put the em­pha­sis on shooter skills in­stead of equip­ment op­ti­mi­sa­tion.

Aus­tralia placed highly in the in­di­vid­ual and team re­sults with Ben Emms (AUS) tak­ing out the World Long Range In­di­vid­ual Cham­pi­onship with a score of 669-77X. Matthew Pozze­bon also from Aus­tralia win­ning the Amer­i­can High Power Ri­fle Long Range Cham­pi­onships.

Great Bri­tain’s team took top hon­ours in the Palma Teams Match, while Aus­tralia’s suc­cesses in­clude gold in the Amer­i­can Di­rec­tors match, sil­ver in the Amer­ica Match and bronze in the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dents match.

Wide Bay’s very own top notch shoot­ing fam­ily, Dar­ren Enslin and Gil­lian Webb-Enslin, were two of the 26 strong Aus­tralian Se­nior Team rep­re­sen­ta­tives; and this year were joined by the cou­ple’s son Dean Enslin who com­peted with the Aus­tralian Un­der 25s.

Gil­lian has been in­volved with in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion since the age of 18. Dar­ren joined her af­ter the cou­ple mar­ried and he made his de­but at the 1994 Com­mon­wealth Games in Canada.

The cou­ple is so happy that Dean is fol­low­ing in their foot­steps.

“It’s not about the win­ning; although a medal along the way is al­ways a bonus. Be­ing in­volved in a group or sport and be­ing part of a team is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Gil­lian said.

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PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHOOT­ING FOR GOLD: Gil­lian Webb-Enslin, Dean Enslin and Dar­ren Enslin.

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