Gympie shooters make the top three
SHOOTING: The Gympie Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club hosted 24 shooters at the Queensland State Silhouette Championships held at the weekend.
President Tod Fleming said this was the first time the championships had been held in Gympie in three years.
"Overall it went really well - very happy with the result."
He said numbers were quite good with competitors travelling to the shoot from as far south as Lismore, Mundubbera, Childers and South Kolan.
It was a successful weekend for Gympie placing in the top three positions overall.
It was a close contest between father and son with Gympie shooter Les Stey placing first with a top score of 158/160, closely followed by his own son, 16-year-old Hayden Stey.
Fleming was the third Gympie shooter with a score of 156/160.
Both Les and Fleming have now moved from B-grade to A-grade after presenting strong scores at the event.
All 24 participants competed in four 40 shoot matches with a day and night shoot on Saturday and two day shoots and a night shoot on Sunday.
He said the night shoot was scheduled in order to challenge shooters but suited the Gympie members better than the day-shoots as they would usually compete on Friday evenings.
"We shoot predominately at night."
There was an A, B, C and D division with juniors also competing.
Fleming said the youngest competitor was Les Stey's daughter 14-year-old Savanna Stey with shooters ranging all the way into their 70s.
"The rest of the clubs congratulated Gympie on how the event was run."
Fleming thanked sponsors Owen Guns, Sullivan's Live Stock, Auto Barn, BCF and Queensland Rural Supplies for their support.
He said the event brought the best shooters from across the state to Gympie and gave local shooters the chance to see the standard of shooting at other clubs.
Not only were the championships a success but also was a great fundraiser for the club raising over $1000.