TRV Coaching Weekend – 9th & 10th February 2013

TRV are holding another coaching camp at MISC. National coaches will be attending and offering advice to prone, 3P, air rifle and benchrest shooters. An excellent opportunity for all shooters wanting help with their sport and to meet other TRV members.

See calendar for more information, or speak to KSBRC’s Club Captain.

Christmas and New Year period

Members of the public looking to visit the club should note that we have broken up for Christmas and will resume weekly shoots on Thursday 17 January 2013. You can still reach us by email at any time.

Congratulations Natalie Smith!

Australia’s Natalie Smith on her way to winning bronze in the 10m Air Rifle – Standing, SH1 event. Source: AFP

Victorian Paralympic shooter Natalie Smith has just secured Australia’s first medal at the London 2012 Paralympics, shooting 392-24x for third place overall in 10m Air Rifle – Standing: SH1. Natalie’s achievement is especially significant with London being her first Paralympics after commencing competitive shooting in 2010. See her full profile here.

At the other end of the spectrum is veteran South Australian shooter Libby Kosmala, whose participation in London marks her 11th Paralympics. Libby shoots in four disciplines: 10m air rifle standing: SH1, 10m air rifle prone: SH1, 50m air rifle: SH1 and 50m sport rifle: SH1. During her remarkable shooting career she has claimed numerous world records, and nine Paralympic gold medals.

Australia fields an extremely strong team of nine men and women in the Paralympic shooting sports. See full profiles here.

TRV Coaching Camp – MISC

Target Rifle Victoria held the second of their training camps over the weekend of 21 – 22 July. Melbourne International Shooting Club hosted shooters from all over the state to work on their prone and bench marksmanship over a busy couple of days.

Two of our younger shooters stepped over to what is affectionately known as “the dark side” of MISC – a purpose built open-air benchrest range with covered firing points and paper targets. Some of the MISC benchrest fraternity were kind enough to bring along their extra kit so our shooters could try some different rests, rifles and bench techniques accompanied with some tuition.

The prone shooters jumped straight into shooting a 40 shot match on Saturday morning using our own gear and the venue’s world-class electronic target systems. Subsequent training exercises served to highlight the importance of “position building” and natural point of aim. Thankfully the weather was kind to us “indoor folk”.

Sunday’s session was opened with some discussion that covered wind reading and strategies for dealing with changing conditions. The prone shooters were then asked to complete a 60 shot match before being put through a ISSF finals shoot. Finals are carefully controlled with limited time allocated for each of the ten scoring shots. After the allowed time for each scoring shot has elapsed, shooters were issued the “stop” command and everyone’s shot score was called out before they proceeded to the next shot in the series. Essentially shooters needed to be ready to fire on demand and deal with whatever changes in conditions had occurred since their sighters. It was certainly a very different process to what we’re used to with our 20m pennants and postal competitions.

TRV will confirm the dates, but there are two more coaching camps in the works between now and September. The first will be in Portland, and the second in Frankston. The exposure to national coaches, other shooters and new ranges was an excellent experience.

KSBRC wins 2012 50m Pennant

KSBRC wins 2012 50m Pennant - Division D.

In a close contest that ran all the way down to the line this year, the KSBRC team forced a shoot off with ACT after a win by the narrowest of margins in Round 9. Just one inner separated our team with 574.019 against ACT’s 574.018! Both teams then won their respective Round 10 shoots leaving a tie at 36 points each. After a long delay while finding the time for the KSBRC shooters to make it to MISC for the shoot off, we banked a very sound combined score of 584.029 against ACT’s 580.024. For the first time in some years we get to pin a new flag to the wall. We’re already looking forward to next year.

James, Tom, Mike and Martin – 50m Pennant Team 2012