Contest right on target at Charleville's annual shoot-out
SHOOTING: Chloe Holmes-Kings was right on target at the Charleville small bore rifle club annual shoot-out held over the weekend.
Having only been shooting for the past 18 months, she and fiance Clinton Sondergeld both travel from hometown Blackall to take advantage of the Charleville club's longer 90m range.
"I enjoy a challenge and having a longer range makes it harder,” Holmes-Kings said.
Scoring 600/600 in the 50m bench rest category on Saturday, Holmes-Kings was ecstatic to shoot her first perfect score.
"It felt amazing being able to keep up with the pros and I loved beating Clinton,” she said .
The overall champion of the shoot-out was John Paltzwald from Toowoomba, who took out all three categories - the bench rest, prone and silhouette.
Having to score 597/600 shots to be eligible, the introduction of the Masters category for the first time this year means more experienced shooters had the opportunity for fiercer competition.
"The masters category is definitely a lot tougher and means I can't really miss a shot,” Holmes-Kings said.
Secretary of the Charleville Small Bore Rifle Club, Ann Bruton believes that although Chloe has only been shooting for a short time, she definitely has what it takes to succeed in the more elite category.
"Chloe will handle it well. She's got some good gear and a great coach in Clinton,” Bruton said.
"She has the youth on her side, as well as the eyesight.”
Holmes-Kings and her fiance also recently travelled to Sydney to compete in the Bench Rest Nationals, held over the Easter long weekend.
"I was a little nervous the first day, but after that I just let the shooting take over,” said Holmes-Kings.
She did exceptionally well in her first big shoot, finishing second in the A-grade division and securing 10th place overall.
"Its a great achievement for someone who has not been shooting long,” said Bruton.
Being a keen shooter herself, Bruton believes the annual shoot-out is a success because the competing clubs always support one another.
"It's a great social event and a relaxing weekend which everyone enjoys,” she said.
Chloe and Clinton are flying to the US next week to compete in the Triple Crown of Rimfire event.
Being two out of 10 Australians selected, they will be competing against 153 shooters from around the world in bench rest.
"Bench rest is probably my strongest category, so fingers crossed we both shoot well,” Holmes-Kings said.