MILDURA Clay Target Club president Gary Pike has credited the group’s strong position to the number of juniors taking up the sport.
The club has recruited about 30 juniors after the first Sunraysia interschool shoot earlier this year.
Pike said the future of trap shooting in Mildura was now secure for years to come.
“The base of junior shooting is something that hasn’t been supported in the past,” he said.
“It took a long time to come back from the guns being taken away from shooters by the Howard Government.
“It took a long time to get back the fact that trap shooting is a sport, it’s a not a kill sport for game hunting or anything like that.”
One shooter who has taken advantage of the clay target club’s first-class facilities is Megan Barnes.
The 15-year-old will debut at the Australian Trap National Championships, alongside Pike, after the pair made the Victorian team.
Barnes shot her first 50/50 in the 50 target double barrel class at the State Trap Carnival, Echuca, earlier this month.
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