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CFA shooters on target
CFA members shot to the top at the recent Victoria Police and Emergency Services Games, taking out gold for clay target trap shooting.
Members Andrew Smith, Andrew Ferrari and James Patterson won the trap team event, while CFA volunteers also emerged victorious in the individual competitions.
On top of his team win, Lismore brigade’s James Patterson also dominated in the AA Grade competition. He went home with a gold medal in single barrel shooting, plus bronzes in the double barrel and point score events.
Bolinda and Monegeetta volunteer Peter Lee was the overall winner of the single barrel competition, while Bookaar’s Andrew Smith took out the double barrel competition.
James shot through high school, taking the sport back up four years ago because many of his friends were high level competition shooters.
He said “There’s a lot more skill and mental toughness involved than most people realise.”
“You’ve always got to be accurate in shooting, but with clay targets you just can’t afford to miss. If there are 25 targets you’ve got to hit all 25, or you won’t make it through to the next round.”
Bendigo Clay Target Club has proven a lucky venue for James. He won the AA Grade overall and single barrel championships there at the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games, and single barrel at last year’s Victorian championships.
Team-mate Andrew Smith has represented Australia overseas in trap shooting.