Wanaka club to host top NZ shoot­ers


Some of New Zealand’s top shoot­ers will be in Wanaka for the South Is­land sport­ing clay cham­pi­onships at the week­end.

Wanaka Gun Club pres­i­dent David Eck­hoff said the club would be host­ing about 80 shoot­ers from around the coun­try for one of the club’s big­gest com­pe­ti­tions of the year.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be quite a big shoot. Some of the best shoot­ers in the coun­try will be there in­clud­ing Brian Dead­man and Mark Vessey. It is re­ally good for the club. We are only a lit­tle club but we own 40 acres which en­ables us to set it up for a sim­u­lated shoot as well as nor­mal trap and skeet shoot­ing. Vis­ually it’s a nice wee set up too. Shoot­ers will go on a bit of a hike and tar­gets will be set up over­look­ing the river. ’’

The sport­ing clay event in­volved shoot­ing 100 tar­gets each day, over nu­mer­ous shoot­ing sta­tions.

Wanaka shoot­ers Rex San­ford and Bruce Scott were lo­cal favourites tipped to do well in the two-day event.

‘‘It’s the last ma­jor event of the year for Wanaka, af­ter that it is the South Is­land down the line/ trap cham­pi­onships, then the skeet na­tion­als in Christchurch.’’


Aaron Ewen speaks with me­dia dur­ing the PyeongChang 2018 Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games team se­lec­tion an­nounce­ment.

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