World class shots

March 30, 2018

TOP SHOT: Socrates Pilapisidas, Alex Dallas, Echuca’s Steve Atkins, Stephen Trembath and Tom Turner won gold at the World Target Shooting Titles recently.

ECHUCA Gun Club’s Steve Atkins was named captain of the Mackintosh Australia target shooting team following outstanding results in a national tournament.

Local gun club members Atkins, Steve Haberman and Kiara Dean represented the twin towns at the 13th ICTSF World DTL Championships in Wagga Wagga.

Contested over the course of 11 days finishing on Tuesday, the ACTA National Trap Championships was held first, with the Worlds held over the final three days in which Atkins wore the green and gold.

Impressive performances in the Worlds saw Atkins finish third overall, with Haberman taking out fifth.

Atkins shot a 296 out of 300 on the first day, day two saw a 299 shot, and the final day Atkins shot 149 out of 150, claiming the final podium position with a total score of 744.

Haberman beat Atkins on the first day with 298, then shot 247 and 198 on the final two days, meaning he finished just one shot off Atkins’ pace.

Kiara, 16, represented the club well as she went on to reach a podium finish in the women’s A grade.

‘‘Kiara Dean placed third in her A grade. She was there on an individual basis (rather than representing the state),’’ Atkins said.

The Worlds winner, Australia’s Andrew Brady, shot 745 which included a perfect day one score of 300.

Atkins said he was pleased with the three members’ efforts over the 11 days.

‘‘Myself and Steve Haberman are in the Mackintosh (an event in target shooting) Australian team,’’ Atkins said.

‘‘We were runners-up in the double barrels national championships, and I placed third in the interstate A grade.

‘‘I was named captain of Australia and we won gold (in the Worlds), and I came third overall.’’

Competitors came from far and wide to partake in the championships, vying for a shot at silverware.

‘‘There were 800 competitors, mainly from Commonwealth countries like England, Ireland and Wales, some from New Zealand as well,’’ Atkins said.

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