Col­lege team takes a shot at na­tion­als

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Cho­co­lates and raf­fles have helped the Pu­taruru Col­lege clay tar­get shoot­ing team get to the na­tion­als and their next goal is to win.

The 10-mem­ber team has not only trained hard but also had to fundraise to get there.

The team has to raise $10,000 to get to the NZ sec­ondary schools cham­pi­onships in Christchurch on Septem­ber 27.

Prin­ci­pal and team man­ager Mike Ronke said fundrais­ing had been ‘‘ suc­cess­ful’’ with ‘‘much pub­lic support’’.

Though they con­tinue to fundraise it is time to fo­cus on the ul­ti­mate goal.

‘‘The prime fo­cus is to have what coach Peter Good­win thinks is a re­al­is­tic tilt at a na­tional ti­tle.

‘‘With ef­fec­tively two weeks to the com­pe­ti­tion, team mem­bers are train­ing to­wards main- tain­ing con­sis­tency in their shoot­ing, get­ting their heads right and re­main­ing a steady fo­cus,’’ he said.

Ronke said the stu­dents were go­ing as a team but they each needed to per­form well as in­di­vid­u­als to get the best re­sult.

Stu­dents will per­form over three dis­ci­plines: sin­gle rise, points score and sin­gle bar­rel.

A col­lege team com­peted last year and came sixth.

Aim­ing high: The Pu­taruru Col­lege shoot­ing team is hop­ing to come away with a win at the na­tional sec­ondary schools com­pe­ti­tion.

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