Hunt shapes up well for Oceania test



CALLIOPE full-bore rifle shooter Leigh Hunt is on target for plenty of success as she heads into the Oceania Games which start today in Brisbane.

The 18-year-old has been in hot form heading into the games where she will be donning the Australian under-25 team jersey for the second time this year.

Hunt's form has been so good that even a change of rifle a week out from the tournament has not affected her preparation.

According to her dad Viv, Hunt is now using a bigger rifle and if anything it has been a help rather than a hindrance.

'We were told that Leigh was not allowed to use her normal rifle and had to use what is called a 7.62,' Viv said.

'It is a bigger rifle and has a bigger kick, but Leigh has handled it and is probably shooting really well.'

Viv added Leigh had benefited from the experience of shooting beside top Australian shooter Bruce Scott.

Scott, who is a shoe-in for next year's Commonwealth Games, was very impressed by the talented young star.

'Leigh and Bruce shot the same score, which is a great effort as Bruce is one of the best shooters around,' Viv said.

'It points to Leigh putting in a big performance in the next couple of days.'

The games are being staged today and tomorrow at the Belmont Range. Gregor Mactaggart



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