Suc­cess is in his sights

Young shooter tack­les school, work and train­ing

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AUS­TRALIAN gun laws would have some of the world’s strictest guide­lines in terms of gun own­er­ship and li­cences.

For the past 18 months Childers teenager Ha­nis Hum­mer has been shoot­ing his way up the Aus­tralian ranks and be­com­ing the State Ju­nior Cham­pion in the 25m Pis­tol.

His im­pres­sive re­sume in­cludes:

State Ju­nior Ag­gre­gate Cham­pion

Na­tional Cham­pion 25m Pis­tol-un­der 16s

Na­tional Over­all-ranked third.

The Isis High stu­dent will this year tackle the chal­lenges of se­nior year.

The Year 12 stu­dent will jug­gle study, work­ing at IGA and train­ing for the Cham­pi­onships set for Perth in a few short weeks.

The hum­ble young man was in­tro­duced to the sport by his grand­fa­ther, also named Ha­nis.

Young Ha­nis was in­vited to the Childers Pis­tol and Ri­fle Club to see if he was in­ter­ested.

It was a rocky start for the young­ster, of­ten miss­ing the tar­get.

He had a lot to learn in terms of how to shoot and the fo­cus needed to be suc­cess­ful in the sport.

“It’s a lot of hard work and train­ing ... I train ev­ery day,” Mr Hum­mer said.

The pis­tol club has a strong mem­ber­ship of 60 gun en­thu­si­asts.

The new and up­graded fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a state of the art, in­door and air-con­di­tioned 10m air-pis­tol range.

Club pres­i­dent Larry Dunk said it was hard work and many grant re­jec­tions to get the club up to stan­dard for com­pe­ti­tions.

“Our new in­door range is spa­cious, the light­ing is per­fect and most of all it’s air-con­di­tioned.”

For many teens in the re­gion they are raised on a farm­ing prop­erty and guns are part of ev­ery­day life.

“We would like to see younger mem­bers in the club,” Mr Dunk said.

The high school stu­dent said it was a great sport and it took a lot of fo­cus.

Ha­nis has his sights set on the Olympics.

“I have had a lot of sup­port from my grand­par­ents, the club and Larry and I thank ev­ery­one for all the sup­port.

“Know­ing cor­rectly how to han­dle and op­er­ate a pis­tol is just as im­por­tant and it’s a great sport to play.”

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

BULLS­EYE: Ha­nis Hum­mer proudly show­cas­ing his tro­phies and his pas­sion for shoot­ing.

Ha­nis Hum­mer has the Olympics in his sight.

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