LO­CAL WOMEN HIT BULLSEYE

Charleville shoot­ers bring home the medals

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

SHOOT­ING: Fine mar­gins make or break the com­pe­ti­tion in tar­get sports, which is some­thing Ann Bru­ton knows well.

The long-time shooter’s ex­pe­ri­ence paid off at the re­cent state cham­pi­onships at Bel­mont where she won gold for the A-grade benchrest ri­fle event and an­other gold as the over­all win­ner for the week­end of com­pe­ti­tion.

Fel­low Charleville Ri­fle Club mem­ber Miriam Blythe joined Ms Bru­ton at the state cham­pi­onships, tak­ing out sil­ver in the A-grade and over­all.

When the scores were tal­lied, Ms Bru­ton said she was in­cred­i­bly proud of her friend and team mate for over­com­ing some of the chal­lenges in shoot­ing.

“We had both been dropped a grade about 12 months ago be­cause our shoot­ing went off.

“So, at this event, Miriam went up a cou­ple of steps to com­pete in the A-grade,” she said.

“She shot so well and was very pleased with her score – a per­sonal best.”

The benchrest event re­quires the finest mar­gins of pre­ci­sion and, while Ms Bru­ton won the event, she re­mained adamant that there was room for im­prove­ment.

“I’ve been shoot­ing for a long time and have shot bet­ter in that event, so I could have fin­ished with a higher score.

“But not to worry, a win is still a win and I’m pleased with that,” she said.

“Ev­ery­one makes blues and mis­takes.

“Some­times you come away from a shoot, happy with what you’ve scored, and some­times you think you could have done a lit­tle bit bet­ter.

“Re­ally it’s the kind of sport where you never stop learn­ing.”

The com­pe­ti­tion in Bris­bane was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to what the ladies are used to at home.

The Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional Shoot­ing Cen­tre of­fered them a chance to use com­put­erised ri­fles, which aren’t widely

❝ Re­ally it’s the kind of sport where you never stop learn­ing.

used at smaller clubs, Ms Bru­ton said.

“When we shoot out here, or at any of the smaller clubs in Queens­land, we are shoot­ing at a sheet with tar­gets on it.

“But in Bris­bane, their elec­tronic shoot­ing gives us one point of aim and we do 60 shots, which are recorded by the com­puter at our bench,” she said.

At the end of the day, the two women from Charleville were proud of their re­sults: Miriam shot a to­tal of 1231.1, while Ann shot 1235.1.

PHOTO: ANN BRU­TON

KEEN EYES: Ann Bru­ton and Miriam Blythe show off their medals for shoot­ing.

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