Young shooter Travis Streeter turned his mum's cancer into a success at his sport.
Young shooter Travis Streeter turned his mum's cancer into a success at his sport.

Mum’s grim diagnosis leads Travis to shooting success

Devastating news led Travis Streeter to the Callide Dawson Clay Target Club in Biloela three years ago, but it's no longer just a hobby he does to keep his mind busy.

The 15-year-old was one of 60 shooters at the The Rockhampton Clay Target Shooting Club event on the weekend, which attracted shooters from as far as Blackall and Dalby.

The event was the first time he's shot in Australia since flying back home two weeks ago from competing in France where he was ranked number 14 in the world for his category.

"The best thing about the sport is the people you get to meet," Streeter said.

He's been travelling most of the year, competing at events across the nation but was happy to be home in the region where his love for the sport began. Streeter will always remember his introduction to the sport - it was right after his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Dad wanted to take our mind off things so he took us down to the range," he said.

The sad news led him to unleash a natural ability he didn't know he had.

Streeter claimed an Australian sub-junior national champion of champions title and also finished in the top 10 for overall rankings in 2018.

"My ultimate goal was to make the Olympics but I'll just take it one day at a time now," Streeter said.

His proud dad Shane Streeter watched on from behind the firing line, blown away by all his son has been able to achieve.

After shooting on day one of the weekend-long competition, Streeter said he was "a bit rusty" after having two weeks off but he intends to get back to performing at his best.

He finished the competition on top of the 100T Darby Milner Memorial Double Barrell.

Veteran clay shooter Peter Purkis took out the 50T Beef City Challenge and Max Johnstone won the Queensland Clay Target Association Central Zone Night Single Barrel Championship. Other winners at the event included Mark Warnock in the QCTA CZ Night Double Rise Championship and Andrew Olive for the Overall High Gun event.

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