Top shoot­ers take aim in Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

Toko­roa is home to some crack shots this week as it plays host to the 2010 Pa­cific Re­gional Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is be­ing held for the first time in New Zealand at the Toko­roa Shoot­ing Sports Com­plex.

The event got un­der­way on Mon­day and runs un­til Sun­day.

At 8.30am to­day South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair de­clared the of­fi­cial open­ing of the cham­pi­onships on the day when the largest num­ber of the com­peti­tors were present.

Ac­tion got un­der­way how­ever on Mon­day with a sil­hou­ette air ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion, yes­ter­day it was the turn of the heavy ri­fle shoot­ers and the light ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion is to­day.

Benchrest matches com­mence to­mor­row with rim­fire, fol­lowed by light varmint on Satur­day and heavy varmint on Sun­day.

The scoped ri­fle rim­fire teams match will be held on Fri­day, fol­lowed by in­di­vid­ual matches on Satur­day.

Hav­ing al­ready hosted the Tar­get Shoot­ing New Zealand na­tion­als (pic­tured) this year, Toko­roa is this week home to the 2010 Pa­cific Re­gional Shoot­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The cen­tre­fire team and in­di­vid­ual matches will be held on Sun­day.

The cham­pi­onships also in­clude ser­vice ri­fle matches be­ing held on the New Zealand Deer­stalk­ers’ Ro­torua Range on Meeds Rd from Fri­day to Sun­day. Com­peti­tors are from Aus­tralia, New Cale­do­nia, Samoa and New Zealand.

A to­tal of 83 com­peti­tors have reg­is­tered for the cham­pi­onships with the high­est en­tries be­ing ser­vice ri­fle of the four dis­ci­plines be­ing held.

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