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The North Arm Rifle Club celebrated its centenary in style at the weekend with about 85 top shooters from around Queensland and NSW doing battle with the elements.
Winds swirled and blew up to near gale force at times as the range lived up to its challenging reputation.
Almost half the field comprised scope rifle shooters competing on electronic targets.
SCHOOLGIRLS on the Darling Downs are taking up a weekend sport with a difference.
Westbrook's Caitlyn Pederson is just one of many girls in the region who have begun competing in the sport of shooting.
Recreation and competition shooting associations have reported a surge in junior numbers in recent years, with females leading the charge.
Inspired to take up shooting two years ago after seeing her dad take part in the sport, Ms Pederson said she loved the mental challenge shooting provided.
"There is so much more to shooting than just firing a gun down the range," she said.
"The challenge of hitting the middle of the target is something which never gets old.
"So much of the sport is mental with routine and discipline important factors in doing well."
Read more on the Toowoomba Chronicle Website.
The Queensland Rifle Association officially entered the electronic era with the commissioning of 12 new permanent high tech targets on the Duncan Range at Belmont on Thursday, October 23.
The Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing Steven Dickson headed the guest list launch of the HEXTA-002 electronic targets.
The Queensland Government through Mr Dixon’s Department has made an initial investment of $100,000 in the project which is expected to have an all up cost of just under $300,000.
Big centenary shoot at North Arm
North Arm Rifle Club which has endured as the home of shooting on the Sunshine Coast is celebrating its centenary with a big weekend prize meeting on October 25 and 26.
The club was founded by dairy farmer George Frederick Davison who moved to North Arm from Grafton in 1907.
The rifle range was built on his property near Yandina by the Australian Army in 1914. George was a tireless contributor to the early success of the club serving as Secretary and later Captain for a total 34 years.
The range was originally home to the North Arm Toolburra Rifle Club until the 1960s. It was officially named the Davison Range to honour the founder in 1980.