Shooting club attracts new faces for what has become a tradition
THE Gladstone Clay Target Club hosted its third Australia Day Charity Shoot yesterday in what were true blue conditions.
Club president Ken Busteed said it was great to see some new faces.
"It kicked off at 9.30am and had 20 people turn up which was about the same as last year," Busteed said.
"We also picked up four new members."
Busteed said there was a lot of work put into the club ahead of what will be a huge 2017 calendar.
"We've put two new traps in and have seven new ones in total," Busteed.
The club had its original home base in Calliope before it moved to its current location in 1982.
"I started shooting back in 1974 in Calliope and it was a lot bigger back then because there was a lot of club support," Busteed said.
However there are some big events this year which includes a visit from Australian Olympic Women's Skeet shooter Lauryn Mark and 2016 Ladies Down The Line world champion Anna Shedrina.
The pair will do a coaching clinic on Saturday, May 13.
Father and son Dan and Preston "PJ" Amos were happy to be a part of the event.
Preston, 12, started the sport just 11 months ago and has acquitted himself well.
"I've improved my swinging where I follow the moving target, stance and my aiming as well," Preston said.
"I wasn't afraid of guns when I first started."
Dan started over two years ago and the army reserve combat engineer said clay target shooting is a favourite pastime.
"It's good practice for moving targets," he said.
"It took me a good six months to get used to it and the coaching staff and the senior members here have helped."