Fastest shot in the west

Gun­slinger claims back to back wins in War­wick

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

SHOOT­ING: Af­ter be­ing shown how to shoot tar­gets at age 14, Ge­orge Costanzo has made it back-to-back wins in the War­wick Clay Target Club’s 138th an­niver­sary shoot.

The War­wick club in­creases its shoot by one target each year so shoot­ers were aim­ing for a score of 138 at the 138th an­niver­sary shooter. Costanzo won over­all by one target with 136/138. “I was wasn’t ready for the two I missed,” he said. He re­calls be­ing asked to have a shot by wine­maker Dick De Luca at the age of

14. “Dick had a hand thrower in the shed for prac­tice. He showed me how to hold the gun and where to look,” Costanzo said.

There was no fam­ily his­tory of clay target shoot­ing but af­ter one try out, Costanzo had a sport he loved. He is a mem­ber and pres­i­dent of the Bal­lan­dean club and also com­petes in War­wick monthly shoots. “When the op­por­tu­nity arises, I go to Texas for shoots five or six times a year,” he said.

While he might have been in­tro­duced to the sport dur­ing prac­tice, Costanzo doesn’t prac­tise any more. “There is no bet­ter prac­tice than com­pe­ti­tion,” he said.

“You learn to shoot what you see with the tar­gets and must be aware of vary­ing con­di­tions and re­act.” Bal­lan­dean Clay Target Club holds its next shoot on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16.

SHOTS FIRED: Bal­lan­dean's Ge­orge Costanzo con­tin­ues to pick up awards wher­ever he goes. He re­cently had a win at the Brass Mon­key shoot.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

Ma­jor win­ners - Aron Wilmot, Ge­orge Costanzo, Pas­cale Stiller, John Lee and David Cameron.

Pass­ing on some knowl­edge to a new gen­er­a­tion of shoot­ers.

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