FOCUS: David Hatherell in action at the Queensland Military Rifle Club State Championship.
FOCUS: David Hatherell in action at the Queensland Military Rifle Club State Championship. Contributed

ONE ON ONE: Shooting for gold

What event did you compete in?

On the weekend of September 12-13 I competed in the Australian Service Rifle Association State Championships hosted by the Queensland Military Rifle Club (QMRC) at Belmont, Brisbane.

The competition consisted of two separate disciplines, the Australian Service Rifle and the International Hi-power Service Rifle.

Have you been to the state championships before?

Yes, I have competed in Brisbane for the same event the last five years and have previously won the service rifle state title in 2014 and again this year but never for long range target shooting.

From where were your fellow competitors?

There was a strong field of competitors from Emerald-Clermont and Raglan in the north, to Tamworth and Peel Valley in the south, as well as the host club, the QMRC.

What did you think about your result?

I was happy that I shot near my best to win the Modified Rifle division on both days of the competition.

What type of rifle do you shoot with?

I shoot in the Modified Rifle division with a 1944 Lee Enfield No4 MkI chambered 303 British fitted rifle with a 4xs power rifle scope.

Why do you compete in the Modified Rifle division?

I usually compete in what is called an F class in long range target shoots/modified class due to an eye injury as I need a stronger scope and it is difficult for me to use pipe sights (to rings on the front of the rifle).

When did you first start shooting competitively?

I began shooting at the Gympie-Kilkivan Rifle Club at Kilkivan in 2005. I train there about two days a week but try to get there as much as I can. I was previously living in Caboolture and moved back to the Gympie area that year but previously had played in the A-grade Aussie Rules team in Caboolture.

What made you start shooting as a sport?

I had always had an interest in the sport because my grandfather Charlie Lund had served overseas. I had heard that the Anzac centenary would be coming up this year and it prompted me to pick up service rifle shooting.

What do you enjoy most about shooting?

I enjoy the challenge of shooting and all the different variables against you whether it be the distance or the weather. I have played lots of sports but the best friendships have been with my fellow shooters.

What has been your biggest achievement?

Well this is the first state championship I have won in long range target shooting but I have also placed first at other competitions including the Bundaberg open prize meeting in 2013 and a South Burnett District Shoot at Wondai.

Player profile

Name: David Hatherell

Age: 50

Born: Gympie

Favourite food: Chinese

Favourite TV program: Classic Restos

Favourite music: Cold Chisel

Other sport you have played: Aussie Rules

Funniest moment in sport: While I was doing my accreditation as a range officer a friend was shooting in a competition for the first time besides a highly ranked shooter and on his first shot he hit the middle of the target (the highest score) but on the target next to his.

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