Leigh goes full bore
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE full-bore rifle shooter Leigh Hunt is celebrating after her Australian under-25 team won their one-off test against Great Britain in Brisbane last weekend.
The 18-year-old shone in her first national appearance as the Australians defeated the Poms by just three points.
It was an upset victory by the young Aussies who were given little chance by pundits against an experienced Great Britain line-up.
Hunt produces scores of 49.7, 50.3, 48.2 and 48.3 over the four different distances to be one of Australia's best performers.
She was very happy with her performances in wet conditions and said representing Australia was a great honour.
"I did pretty well and it was just nice to be part of a winning Australian team,'' Hunt said.
"The weather was really bad, it was raining heaps and made it tough to shoot.
"But with Dad's help I was able to keep the rifle dry and shot well, it was great to beat them.''
Hunt had nothing but praise for the Australian coach Neil Pringle who was a great help for her.
"Neil was very good, he was a big help for me and everyone on the team,'' she said.
Hunt also thanked her teammates ? Evan Jones, Erica Young, Nathan Grima and Tyson Pilcher.
"The whole team was just great, everyone was so nice and as a team we got one over Great Britain,'' she said.
Hunt was accompanied for the test by her two biggest fans, Dad Viv and Mum Debbie.
Viv said seeing his daughter in an Australian team was one of the greatest feelings of his life.
"I am just so proud of her, to shoot for Australia is brilliant and myself and Debbie are very proud,'' he said.