From the Towwoomba Chronicle  | 24th Oct 2014.

Caitlyn Pedersen is a high school student who enjoys the sport of competition shooting, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The ChronicleCaitlyn Pedersen is a high school student who enjoys the sport of competition shooting, Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Photo Kevin Farmer / The ChronicleSCHOOLGIRLS 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."

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