Clay Target Sold Out!

Clay Target shooters require a quick trigger finger and a high degree of accuracy, and only the quickest of these sharp shooters has secured a berth in the Clay Target competition at the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games.

The highly popular sport now has a waiting list of keen shooters after its 80 allocated spots were snapped up within 12 days of registrations opening for the event from October 8 -15 next year.

Clay Target shooting is traditionally a popular sport at the Games, attracting keen local, interstate and even international shooters over the years. Coordinator of the Clay Target competition Marlene Niland has been involved in organising 13 Alice Springs Masters Games events, missing only two of the biennial events since the Games began in 1986.

“It is so popular because it is such an exhilarating sport, and it has such broad appeal,” Marlene said.

“You can be 63 years old, a little bit unfit, and still go out and take up target shooting and have an amazing time and maybe even become quite good at it.”
Marlene said the social but competitive atmosphere at the Clay Target shooting really embodies what the Games are all about.

“It’s about getting out and enjoying yourself. It’s a great sport, even though years ago it wasn’t thought of as a woman’s sport I certainly feel like I’m treated well and belong, we all accept each other as equals and have a fantastic time,” she said.

The Wood Ducks from Victoria’s Woods Point Gun Club have been coming to the Games since 1992 and are one of several groups that keep returning year after year to enjoy Centralian hospitality at the Clay Target club.

In a boost for the popular sport this year, shooters at the Alice Springs Clay Target Club now have access to a better equipped facility at which to flex their trigger fingers.

The club received $5000 from the NT Government Grass Roots grant program for upgrades to equipment and to increase the club’s capacity to host more competitors.

The new equipment is of Olympic standard, and as well as providing a safer and more professional environment for competition, it allows members and visitors greater access to more layouts to participate in competitions and practise events.