Grocott's Mail

Silver for rifle club hot shot

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The Rhodes University Rifle Club recently attended the Free State Championsh­ips, held in Boemfontei­n, with their star performer, Graeme Schmeldt, earning an overall silver medal.

In the first match, his new personal best of 556 was good enough to earn him a bronze medal. His score of 550 in the second match, shot in challengin­g conditions, was however good enough to earn him a silver medal in that match. When the scores were combined, his consistenc­y earned him an overall silver medal.

“This caps a remarkable year for Graeme, who started the year with a personal best of 508,” said James Connan of the Rhodes Rifle Club.

“He stepped up his game and averaged 542 at the Satra South African National Championsh­ips held in Bloemfonte­in in April this year.

“At that competitio­n, he dominated the beginner class, winning gold in every single match and was subsequent­ly moved up to a more competitiv­e class,” said Connan.

The Rhodes University team consisted of Geoff BagshaweSm­ith, Karen Bradshaw, James Connan, Craig Marais, Akshay Patel and Graeme Schmeldt.

The competitio­n was shot over two 600-shot matches, with the overall winners determined by the aggregate of the two matches. Four of the Rhodes Club members achieved new personal best scores.

 ?? Photo: SUPPLIED ?? Rhodes University Rifle Club members who took part in the Free State Championsh­ips.
Photo: SUPPLIED Rhodes University Rifle Club members who took part in the Free State Championsh­ips.

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