Cruise thrilled to coach at Commonwealth Games

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GLADSTONE pistol identity Jim Cruise is headed to next month's Melbourne Commonwealth Games after he was announced as coach for the Norfolk Island pistol shooting team.

An excited Cruise can't wait to head off, saying the opportunity to be a part of the Commonwealth Games will be one of the greatest experiences of his life.

'This is certainly one of the highlights of my coaching career so far,' Cruise said.

"It is exciting news for me and I am looking forward to having a good time.

'I can't wait to be there at the opening ceremony, to be out there on the Melbourne Cricket Ground will no doubt be one of the real highlights.'

Cruise has been associated with the sport in Norfolk Island since first visiting the territory back in 2004.

His coaching methods proved such a hit with the islanders, that Cruise was invited back in 2005 to host a special 12-day clinic where a number of the pistol shooting team made improvements in their technique and scores.

'I first went over to compete and it has gone on from there,' he said.

'We have been doing a lot of work on their techniques since then and when I was invited to coach the team (in Melbourne), I graciously accepted.'

Cruise has not set any strict goals for his team in Melbourne, saying the opportunity to be at the Games is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

'There are no expectations from us, other than to have fun and enjoy the opportunity,' he said.

'Being so isolated it is tough for them to get regular competition, so even being at the Games will be a massive test.'



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