Inspirational Radford bows out
COFFS Harbour's own world rimfire shooting champion and triple world record holder John Radford has announced ongoing health reasons as the reason for his retirement from all competitive sport.
Radford retires as the undefeated world champion and World Benchrest Shooting Federation (WBSF) world record holder.
The announcement follows Radford's excellent results at last week's separate world championships, the World WRABF Heavy Rimfire Championships in Brisbane.
Despite health complications, Radford produced the best Australian results with a credible fifth place finish from the 75 competitors from 13 countries.
His last card in competition was a perfect 250/250 with 17X shot in very tricky conditions.
Some would say there's no better way to leave the sport.
In Brisbane, Radford helped the Australia A team to win a bronze medal in the event after giving other members a motivational talk prior to the last card of the match.
His inspirational address saw the team jump from eighth position to a place on the medal dais after all the Aussie shooters showed vastly improved scores.
The event was won by Tommi Koppi from Finland which also took second and third placings in an incredible result.
Koppi paid Radford a huge compliment, saying he was proud to emulate Radford's France world championship wins in the Brisbane World Championships.
As the past two world championships are run by completely different organisations, Radford retires as the undefeated World WBSF champion and triple world record holder.
American shooters have stated Radford's three world records will never be broken.
The Coffs Harbour SSAA allowed Radford to use the Dairyville range to give free coaching sessions this week to visiting South African shooter Chris Jansen Van Vuuren who praised the local club for its beautiful rifle range setting and retention of natural rainforest.
Despite retiring, Radford will continue coaching regional shooters on the Dairyville SSAA range for advanced competitors and also improving shooters.
He has already coached some Aussie teams.