Guesswork and prayers help Radford claim another title

LARGER than life shooter John Radford has continued his renaissance in the sport by taking out the 2014 Queensland RBA Rimfire Benchrest Championships.

The 75-year-old world record holder and current World Rimfire Benchrest champion braved strong winds to win by a staggering 12 points - a margin almost unheard of in the sport. The Coffs Harbour man colourfully summed up the difficult conditions.

TOP SHOT: World champion shooter John Radford won the Queensland Rimfire Benchrest title at the weekend. The Coffs Harbour resident is a regular visitor to the Grafton Sporting Shooters Association of Australia. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
TOP SHOT: World champion shooter John Radford won the Queensland Rimfire Benchrest title at the weekend. The Coffs Harbour resident is a regular visitor to the Grafton Sporting Shooters Association of Australia. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

"It's the worst score I've ever shot and I blitzed them," Radford declared.

"Atrocious conditions.

"I did my best to prove winning the world title in France was not just good luck.

"A lot of guesswork and prayers between shots going on. I had the rosary beads around my little finger.

"A bit of double guessing and a few of them paid off."

Shooting a perfect 1500 out of 1500 targets to win the world title in July, a score of 1460 with 63 centres was enough to take the title at Belmont Shooting Complex in Brisbane on the weekend.

Lack of competition was not to blame, with four members of the world champion national team at the event and all placing in the top six.

Grafton's Bob Blacklock and John Matthews also competed in the field of 22 shooters, finishing 9th and 13th respectively.

Competitors used the competition as a "tune up" for the World Championship qualifier in Brisbane on the same range in January.

Radford also received several requests for coaching. As a coach who says he has never charged for his services, he remains philosophical in his approach to developing talented shooters.

"I'm getting overwhelmed with requests to coach people," he said. "A lot of people are battlers and I know how to battle and I've had a bit of success.

"You've got to encourage all sports people who've got the talent and not just those who can afford it."



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