Dunks shoots to top 10 finish

THE steady hand and eagle-eye of Gladstone pistol shooter Julie Dunks lifted her to a top 10 finish at the recent 2005 Oceania Shooting Federation Regional Championship in Brisbane.

Dunks finished eighth overall and sixth among the Australians in the women's 10 metre air pistol event, her consistent form earning her scores of 91, 92, 91 and 91 over four rounds for an overall total of 365 out of a possible 400.

Her efforts left her 16 shots behind overall winner and world No.4 Lalita Yauhleuskaya, also of Australia.

Dunks represented Australia for the first time at the championships which were staged at the Belmont Range, her selection coming as a result of superb form throughout the year.

She had previously won the South-East Queensland, Mur-rumba and Gladstone open titles in a memorable 2005.

Dunks, who has experienced a quick rise in the national 10m pistol rankings, is pushing for a spot in the Australian team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.



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