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TWO gold medals in his first competition has given Pte
Ricky Crawford, ALTC, the confidence needed to pro-
gress in the sport.
At 20, Pte Crawford was competing at the Australian
Clay Target Association's ISSF 2012 National Olympic
Championships in Newcastle from January 16-21. He
won both the National and Commonwealth C grade
Pte Crawford shot consistently throughout the event
finishing with a personal best in the last round of 24/25
"I used to be a field game shooter but didn't do any
shooting during 2009 and 2010," Pte Crawford said.
After meeting fellow clay target shooter Sgt Paul
Baxter, 1 Armd Regt, last year, Pte Crawford started
practising at the Darwin gun club with a view to compet-
ing in the future.
"Sgt Baxter mentioned to me that the nationals were
on in January so I thought I should go along and give it a
go," Pte Crawford said.
"He took me under his wing and helped me with my
Sgt Baxter said Pte Crawford had a natural stance
and a great eye for shooting; however he had to be
taught the basics of Olympic event shooting.
"First thing I taught him was to sit the weapon at
waist height; you can only raise it as the target appears.
Once you have called 'pull', there's a delay of up to three
seconds before the target may appear," Sgt Baxter said.
"Pte Crawford picked up the technique very quickly."
Leading up to the championships Pte Crawford prac-
tised for six weeks.
He was shooting alongside the nation's best skeet
shooters, including brothers Clive and George Barton.
Other notable shooters who attended the event were
Olympians Michael Diamond, Adam Vella, Russell
Mark and Suzy Balough.
At this stage, finances permitting, he is looking for-
ward to competing again, possibly in the skeet nationals
in May in Wagga.
"It's an expensive sport and you really need to travel
to at least give yourself a chance," Pte Crawford said.
WO1 Darren Parsons, 6ESR,
and Maj Peter Simmons,
8CSSB, are part of a team of
nine shooters ready to take
on the Kiwis from February
27 to March 2 at the 2012
Australasian Police and
Services National Trap and
To be held in North
Canterbury, Christchurch, the
competition incorporates emer-
gency service personnel as well as
those in government services such
as customs from New Zealand and
Australia, and also includes mem-
bers from Fiji and Noumea.
Defence Clay Target
Association (DCTA) Treasurer
CPO Chris Nightingale said it
would be the third time a Defence
team had competed in the annual
competition since the sport was
re-approved in 2009.
"I think we'll do pretty well,"
he said. "We turned up two years
ago to our inaugural event and
we took a couple of positions and
they really took notice of us. We
backed it up last year by winning
the down the line team's events
and coming third in skeet."
The annual Australasian cham-
pionship is held every five years in
New Zealand with the state police
in Australia running every other
competition in varying states.
WO1 Parsons last competed
in the event in 2010 in Tasmania
where he finished a credible
10th in A grade with a score of
406/450, giving him a position of
23rd overall out of a possible 127
competitors. He also competed in
the skeets team that shot 123 out
of a possible 150 to finish fourth
out of seven teams.
"Next year it's Canberra's turn
so the AFP will run it and we'll
be out in force there too," CPO
In April, a team of five DCTA
shooters will head to the down the
line nationals in Wagga in April
and a team of five will compete
in the skeet nationals in Wagga
"Approximately 650 com-
petitors compete in these national
championships and some of our
team members won placings last
year," CPO Nightingale said.
"Australia and New Zealand's
best shooters attend, including
Olympic and Commonwealth gold
medallists and LAC Matt Stokes
is expected to go well given he is
ranked number three in Australia
at the moment."
The nine competing in New Zealand
are: WO John Hennig (RAAF); CPO Chris
Nightingale (Navy); WO1 Darren Parsons
(Army); Maj Peter Simmons (Army); Brent
Murphy (APS); Colin Nelson (APS); Barry
Carrol (APS); George Bailey (APS);Noel
Shooters have New
Zealand in sight
Nine ADF shooters to compete against rivals in North Canterbury
e oldest forms of
ually consists of 25
ds 14.6m behind the
ts are fired randomly
aximum arc is around
itor must shoot from
clays will be launched
The event is in part meant to simulate the action
of bird hunting. The shooter shoots at clay tar-
gets from seven positions on a semicircle with
a radius of 19m, and an eighth position halfway
between stations one and seven. The eighth
station fires a clay from both houses in turn at
the shooter and over his/her head. There are
two houses that hold the traps that launch the
targets, one at each corner of the semicircle. The
traps launch the targets to a point 4.5m above
ground and 5.4m outside of station eight. One
trap launches targets from 3m above the ground
(high house) and the other from three feet above
ground (low house).
Ready for challenge: WO1 Darren Parsons, 6ESR, practises for the Australasian Police and Services National Trap and Skeet
Championships to be held in Christchurch from February 27.
Register to play
The Army Australian Football
Association requests Australian
rules players, both male and
female, register their details for
selection at www.armyfooty.org.
Players are required to represent
Army at the National Interservice
Carnival in Melbourne April 10-22
2012. For more information, con-
tact WO2 Wayne Morley on
(03) 8481 7276 or WO1 Ash
Heywood on (08) 9311 2170.
Army joins sevens
Two Army teams from Singleton
will be among contestants at the
Williamtown White Pointers' sev-
ens rugby tournament at RAAF
Base Williamtown on February 25.
They will be up against Air Force
teams already confirmed from
Williamtown, Wagga, Richmond
and Amberley. For more informa-
tion, contact Cpl Hamish Spence,
(02) 4034 8774.
The Irregulars, a team comprised
of cricketers of all abilities and
enthusiasm levels who work at
Victoria Barracks, is looking for
more players. Games are played
mostly on Thursdays with some
Sunday games. Thursday games
start at 1.30pm and are usually
30-35 overs a side with Sunday
games starting at 10am (40
overs). Due to wet weather the
2011/12 season has not yet start-
ed and there are up to 10 games
scheduled for February and
March. To join or for more informa-
tion, contact Capt Mark Ganin
(02) 8335 6448 or email
Learning the ropes: Pte
Ricky Crawford competes
at the ISSF 2012 National
D wn the line (DTL)
Down the line is one of the
clay shooting. A round usu
targets. The shooter stand
firing house and the targe
across the plane -- the ma
44 degrees. Each compet
each firing point and five c
at each of these points.
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