Clay Target Shooting, began in 1875 when clay targets were introduced as an alternative live birds. It is now a growing sport where shooters enjoy an exciting and challenging time, honing hand-eye coordination.
This month we shine our spotlight to 16 year old, Clay Target Shooter, Abby Wason.
“I’m Abby Wason, I’m 16 years old and a Clay Target Shooter from central NSW. I started competing in Clay Target Shoots in late 2017. My dad is a shooter and I thought it would be fun to try this sport after watching other Junior Shooters when he was competing.
I won my first shoot in January 2018 in Grafton, winning the C Grade Single Barrel. I continued to have success at small local shoots and quickly made my way into B grade (hitting 87-94% of targets). I finished out 2018 by winning my funniest prize - a total of 11 frozen chickens at Barellan’s Christmas shoot.
Soon after my 15th birthday in 2019, my dad and I travelled 6 hours to Coonamble’s 2 day shoot. I had a great weekend catching up with many friends and winning the Ladies High Gun, 1st in B Grade Point Score and Double Barrel. I also excitingly came 2nd out of 78 shooters in the 30-target Handicap event.
In May 2019 I finally won my first Handicap event at my local club West Wyalong, shooting 25/25 targets.
In July 2019 I competed at the Central Zone Carnival and was selected as the first Lady shooter for our zone. Being selected meant that in October I would compete at the NSW State Carnival in Wagga representing my zone. When competing at the State Carnival we were unable to gain a win with our Ladies team but I did have success shooting as an individual, coming 2nd in B Grade Single Barrel.
Later in October I travelled to Deniliquin for a great weekend of shooting - winning the B grade High Gun, B Grade Point Score, B Grade Double Barrel, Ladies Single Barrel and Ladies Double Rise before most excitingly being regraded to A grade (hitting between 94-97% of targets).
Towards the end on 2019 I represented my school, Ungarie Central School, at the NSW Northern School Carnival. I was honoured to win the Ladies High Gun and be the first recipient of the Cherie Hunter Memorial Shield.
I started off 2020 very similarly to my first shoot in 2018 but this time in Grafton I won the Overall Single Barrel Championship, beating all shooters competing.
I regularly shoot at local competitions within 1 ½ hours travelling of home and then when possible we travel further to bigger events. There is a fun social side to Clay Target Shooting also as lots of people camp at the grounds when they are 2 day events. I have met friends from all around NSW and we love travelling to competitions and spending the weekend together.
As well as Clay Target shooting I love playing Netball and our team were the U16’s Premiers for our league in 2019. I can’t wait for sporting competitions to begin again after the COVID-19 restrictions ease and I can get back to enjoying my sports and seeing my friends regularly.
PS: In December 2019 I donated my hair to ‘Variety – Hair With Heart’ to make wigs for kids, that’s why the photos of me look so different!”
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