Johnson on target
WARWICK shooter Dan Johnson beat a Beijing Olympian on the way to winning back-to-back Queensland titles in Olympic trap shooting.
Johnson won the state title last weekend in Brisbane and fellow Warwick Clay Target Club member Greg Newey was fifth.
The winning score was 112/125, two in front of Craig Henwood who shot for Australia in the Beijing Olympics.
Last year, Johnson competed in the Queensland team in the nationals in Sydney and is again in the state team.
The January shoot will be his third in Queensland colours. Johnson was in the top 10 as Queensland finished second in the interstate competition earlier this year.
Johnson, his partner Jennine Gerrard, and their three-month-old son Jaidan are on the road most weekends to an Olympic trap shoot at Goondiwindi, Brisbane, Gold Coast or Glen Innes.
Gerrard won the state ladies championship in 2010 but is currently having a break from the sport.
He also competes on the Warwick Clay Target Club range on Rosenthal Road where there is an Olympic trap range.
Johnson will compete in an Aus Cup in Brisbane in three weeks, an event which is part of the selection process for the Olympic team for London next year.
Selection is based on the best average scores in four of five shoots, including the nationals and Aus Cup shoots around the states.
Henwood beat Adam Vella by one target to make the team for Beijing.
Johnson is not getting carried away with his success.
“I will need a lot of consistent shooting and a lot of time on the range to push for an Olympic team.” he said.
“My focus at the moment is the nationals.”