A shot at the title
By GREG WHITE
A MEMOIR Graeme Veale began writing for his grandchildren has become an in depth history of Coffs Harbour Rifle Club.
"It started as something to give the kids an insight into what growing up during the Second World War was like," Veale said.
"Over time a long association with shooting crept in and the story became something else."
That's understandable, given Veale has an association with the rifle club stretching back more than half a century as an office bearer and competitor.
When he takes part in the 2005 Prize Shoot at Dairyville Range this weekend it will be another chapter in a shooting life that began at age 13.
"This weekend ia a major thing for the club," he said.
"We have Queen's Shoot competitors in Glen Kitchner, Lindsay McConachy and Ben White taking part along with Queensland champion, Greg Mills-Thom."
Veale has observed top talent competing in the area during his long career.
"Glen Kitchner stands out and club captain Al Phillips has always been very good," he noted.
But local protege, Peter Richards, rates special mention.
"Peter wasn't a natural but worked hard to reach the top from a very young age," Veale remembered.
"He became a member of the army rifle team which took him all around the world.
"Canada, New Zealand and England were just a few of the countries where Peter won gold medals and prizes."
While Veale intends to scale down his administrative duties he's keen to remain a councillor on the New South Wales Rifle Association.
But there'll be no end to competing in events like this weekends Prize Shoot at Dairyville.
"While my eyesight remains good, there's no reason why I can't keep shooting," he admitted.
"The fingers are showing signs of paralysis creeping in, so that may make things interesting."
Coaching is also something that takes his fancy.
"For as long as I can make a contribution, I want to stay involved," he said.
With that sort of attitude an update of his memoirs may be required.