Shot at the big time

Teen shoot­ing lights out of com­pe­ti­tion

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

MAN­DURAH young gun Keigan Williams is a na­tional record-break­ing sport­ing shooter – but his big­gest achieve­ment will be rep­re­sent­ing WA at the Tar­get Ri­fle Australia (TRA) Com­pe­ti­tion.

The 16-year-old said he would train once a day for an hour, ev­ery day, in the lead-up to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Bris­bane this month.

“Shoot­ing at na­tion­als is a big achieve­ment be­cause it will be my first TRA com­pe­ti­tion,” Williams said.

The Year 11 stu­dent, who was born and bred in South Africa, moved to Man­durah with his fam­ily in 2008.

He said shoot­ing on a farm in South Africa with his un­cle sparked his in­ter­est in the niche sport.

“When I was 14 I played rugby and hurt my knees so I was out for a sea­son and it was af­ter this I took up shoot­ing,” he said.

Williams, who has trained in sports shoot­ing for four years, is part of the Port Bou­vard Pistol and Small Bore Ri­fle Club and the Su­bi­aco Small­bore Ri­fle Club.

He said he would com­pete with the clubs at both state and na­tional lev­els.

In early June, Williams broke an open and junior Aus­tralian record at the Sport­ing Shoot­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Australia (SSAA) WA State Air Ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion and shot a perfect score.

“I shot a perfect score in the prone po­si­tion of the 10m Three-Po­si­tional dis­ci­pline,” he said.

“I scored 200.20 and broke the na­tional se­nior in­door record, which was pre­vi­ously held at 200.18.”

As a re­sult, Williams was crowned Junior and Open 3P Air Ri­fle state cham­pion, Junior 10m Pre­ci­sion state cham­pion and 2 Gun Open and Junior state cham­pion.

The teenage prodigy also set six new Aus­tralian records and 11 new state records.

“I want to pur­sue sports shoot­ing pro­fes­sion­ally and aim to qual­ify for the Olympic team in the next few years,” Williams said.

Picture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484604

Keigan Williams: “I want to pur­sue sports shoot­ing pro­fes­sion­ally and aim to qual­ify for the Olympic team in the next few years.”

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