Coffs Harbour optometrist Elaine Walsh getting her eye in for the air rifle and sports rifle competition at the Oceania Games i
Coffs Harbour optometrist Elaine Walsh getting her eye in for the air rifle and sports rifle competition at the Oceania Games i

The eyes have it

By STEVE ARCHBOLD

IMAGINE working full time, raising a small child and trying to maintain your position as one of Australia's top female shooters and you pretty much sum up the life of Coffs Harbour's Elaine Walsh.

Elaine, 46, will join the Australian team in Brisbane on Sunday to shoot air rifle and sports rifle (.22 calibre) in the 2005 Oceania Shooting Federation Champion- ships, her sixth outing at this level.

Australian shooters will be joined by a strong contingent from New Zealand and New Caledonia as well as European countries In the past, Elaine has won Oceania gold and silver medals in team events but would dearly love an individual medal, fourth being her highest finish.

"It's just like selections for Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games, I always seem to just miss out for one reason or another," she said.

As Grafton is the closest range where facilities are available for her type of shooting, Elaine is forced travel away for competitions held on an average of once every six weeks.

Elaine said her performances in Brisbane would depend on how she can adjust to her two new rifles.

"It takes a bit of getting used to them," she said.



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