Success is in his sights
Young shooter tackles school, work and training
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.”
BULLSEYE: Hanis Hummer proudly showcasing his trophies and his passion for shooting.
Hanis Hummer has the Olympics in his sight.