Pete’s on target
FOR one sharp shooting Gatton man, victory was always within his sights.
Competing at the National Rifle Association's 42nd National Championships at the Belmont Rifle Range recently, Peter Hayden's eagle eye was on target to claim a swag of shooting accolades.
Hayden, a member of the Gatton Glenore Grove Rifle Club, shot his way to the top of the F-Class B-grade to walk away with six gold medallions and the coveted Queens Prize number one badge.
Hayden was presented with the Queens Prize number one badge by Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley.
Normally the man in the background officiating others, the triumph was an extra emotional moment for Hayden.
"I had tears in my eyes," Hayden said.
"Not being a winner all the time I got to that stage and I was very emotional."
With a strong average of shooting at distances from 300 yards through to 1000 yards, Hayden claimed first in three ranges, and first in three one day aggregates at the three-day competition.
The accuracy also landed Hayden the Queens aggregate with 504.20 out of 540.90.
"I shot so well and I didn't expect to shoot so well," he said.
"I think it was because I didn't have the worry of being an official.
"I've won many Queen's badges but this is the best, I've never won the nationals before."
Normally officiating shooting competitions, including the nationals, Hayden said he enjoyed getting back on the mound to have a shoot.
"I enjoy the camaraderie of it, and the good thing is that when you lay down on the mound you can have lawyers on one side and labourers on the other side, but when you're on the mound you're all one."