John Radford with his impressive title trophy.
John Radford with his impressive title trophy. BRUCE THOMAS

Radford shoots for the stars

ONLY the very best can walk away from a sport for more than 15 years only to come back and win a national championship.

That is exactly what Coffs Harbour shooter John Radford has done after he claimed the national title in Brisbane this week.

Having been inducted into the Australian Benchrest Hall of Fame in 1993, Radford was told less than 12 months later that he had only three to five years left to live thanks to Ross River Fever.

Now 71, Radford said that when faced with this alarming prognosis he sold all of his competition firearms and retired from shooting.

About 18 months ago he started shooting again and can now claim to once again be the Custom (Heavy) Rimfire Australian Champion.

“I never ever imagined or thought that I had a chance of winning,” Radford admitted.

“That sounds negative and the wrong approach but you’ve got to be realistic at 71 and I was hoping I’d get in the top 10 which is a fairly big thing and possibly get in the top five or if I got real lucky I might get a bronze medal.”



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