Our king of the traps sets target

Dan Johnson after a teams win with Queensland in the nationals in clay target shooting.
Dan Johnson after a teams win with Queensland in the nationals in clay target shooting. Gerard Walsh

WARWICK Clay Target Club member Dan Johnson has set himself a target to make the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

Late last month Johnson beat Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond to finish fourth in the nationals in Brisbane before joining the winning Queensland team.

To make an Australian team for Commonwealth/Olympic games, Johnson needs to finish in the top two after scores from the nationals and Aus Cups in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are added together.

At present, he is a house husband, looking after 22-month-old son Jaidan while his wife, Jennine Gerrard, works full-time.

"My dream to represent Australia is on hold until Jaidan is a little older. I have proved in the past two years I am not a flash in the pan but have shot consistently at the nationals."

Johnson shot 118/125 to finish fourth after the preliminary rounds in the national championships which were contested by Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond.

The top six shot off and two were eliminated, Diamond and fellow Australian rep Michael McNabb.

"It was a thrill to finish in front of Michael Diamond," Johnson said.

Johnson was in the shoot-off for medals and finished fourth overall from a field of 133.

He also finished fourth in 2007.

Johnson's wife Jennine Gerrard was in the top 10 in the women's nationals held at Belmont.

After the titles, each state selected their top three shooters for the teams event. Johnson was in the state team for the fourth time.

Queensland won the men's competition with 340/375 to win convincingly from runners-up Victoria.

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