JOHN Barnes has capped off a meteoric rise through the ranks by being named Gladstone District Pistol Club club champion.
In his first full year of pistol competition, Barnes rose several grades in each of the disciplines he contests and made his mark at state level events. In the club handicap competition, Barnes took out the rapidfire, standard and sport pistol honours as well as the most improved shooter overall.
He finished the year in fine style by picking up multiple titles at the recent state championships in Brisbane. Barnes claimed the C grade men's air and D grade centre-fire titles with grade-breaking scores of 547 and 505 respectively. He also improved his rapid-fire grading after shooting 478 to finish second in D grade and won a shoot-off for third spot in C-grade standard pistol competition.
Barnes' club-mate and Queensland coaching director Jim Cruise believes Barnes will achieve much more in his pistol career should he wish to pursue further honours.
'John possesses a lot more po-tential and now needs to make some choices on which matches to focus on, and begin specific training in order to challenge for a place within the state tea,' Cruise said.
Other club award winners: Chris Wallis ? service, unrestricted service and PPC 480; Keith Ross ? PPC 1500 and men's air; Noel Andriske ? centre-fire; Ross Stieler ? 25 yard service; Marg Baker ? women's sport and women's air; Svend Nexo ? IPSC; Natasha Wallis ? junior sport and junior women's air, and Peter Rosak ? 50 metre pistol.