Double win for Warwick shooters
IN a rare double victory, a couple from Warwick has won the men’s and ladies’ state championships in Olympic trap shooting.
Warwick Clay Target Club members Dan Johnson and Jennine Gerrard won the titles last weekend at the Belmont Range in Brisbane.
To cap off a fine weekend for the Warwick club, Greg Newey was third in the men’s event.
In more than two decades of state competition, Newey said he could not remember a couple winning both events in the same year.
Johnson and Gerrard first competed in the sport at Guyra in 1994 and joined the Warwick club when they moved to town in 1999.
“Yes, we talk about shooting at home,” Gerrard said.
“We love clay target shooting and just keep doing it.
“We have always got an eye on each other on the range so we can offer advice.”
Johnson said they both just liked the sport.
“We have bought new guns this year,” Johnson said.
The weekend success was also a triumph for the Warwick club.
Twenty clubs were represented in a field of 60 shooters at the state championships in Olympic trap and one club, Warwick, had half the placegetters.
All three have made Queensland teams for the nationals in Perth in January. The individual scores for each shooter are tallied to determine placings in the team events.
It will be the first four days of shooting in Perth for Johnson and Gerrard.
All three have represented Queensland in the past.
“Dan and I have even shot in the same squad of six at the nationals,” Gerrard said.