ON TARGET: Australian champion shooter John Radford.
ON TARGET: Australian champion shooter John Radford. Rob Wright

Shooter aims for new honour

SPORT Shooters Association of Australia (SSAA) Hall of Fame member John Radford has scored an invitation to try out for a spot in another Australian team.

With national and world championship titles already in the locker, this time the offer comes from the huge Target Rifle Association of Australia and he'll put his skills to the test in August.

"I consider it a huge honour to be asked by this large and very well organised shooting organisation to join them," he said.

"The aim it to secure a place in the 2015 Australian RBA rimfire team for the world titles to be held in Brisbane.

"I can also remain a SSAA member while competing."

Despite advancing years - he's now aged 74 - and bouts of ill-health, Radford continues to surprise in competition against (sometimes) much younger rivals.

His latest victory came in the Queensland IRB title and after being in contention at the national IRB championship, one day off colour ruined his chances.

If he does make national selection it could even be a record feat.

"The RBA shooting format is almost identical to IRB which I'm now enjoying and has a huge world-wide following," he said.

"When Bill Collaros of the World Rimfire and Air Rifle Bench Rest Federation called to issue the invitation, I told him fairly light-heartedly that the one major snag to the whole idea was to live long enough to qualify.

"However, somehow I think I'll make it should things come to fruition." While remaining an elite sportsman and with past achievements in boating, fishing and water skiing, Radford manages to still attract corporate sponsors with the C.ex Group and Coffs Harbour Deep Sea Fishing Club backing his exploits.

"I'm very grateful to both that they appreciate past and present achievements for the shooting sports.

Fishing Club board member Geoff Parker remarked that Radford's versatility had helped put Coffs Harbour on the sporting map with over 45 years of excellence.



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