Clay shooter aims up for Aussies
TOOWOOMBA clay target shooter Len Edwards will cap a memorable representative year when he travels to New Zealand this weekend to represent Australia.
The Toowoomba Clay Target Club member has been chosen on the six-man Glenn Cup Team to compete for individual and team honours at the New Zealand National Championships in Christchurch.
Edwards becomes the sixth Toowoomba club member to wear the green and gold when he teams with three New South Wales and a Victorian shooter at the week-long tournament.
Edwards' maiden Australian selection follows his strong debut performance for Queensland at this year's nationals in Wagga Wagga.
The semi-retired butcher was pipped for national honours in a shoot-off after finishing in a three-way tie with a perfect score in regular competition.
Edwards rise to prominence on the clay target range follows his relatively late entry into the sport.
"I've been shooting in competitions for about 10 years now, and I suppose I could be classed as a bit of a late starter," Edwards said.
"I used to play golf, but when I found I couldn't play as much I became more involved in shooting which is similar to golf with its hand-and-eye co-ordination."
Edwards expects tough competition from the Kiwis.
"It's a bit of buzz at my age to be chosen for Australia," he said.
"I'm probably the oldest member on our team, but we have a good side and if everyone shoots well there's no reason we can't come away with a victory.
"But the Kiwis will be strong and hard to beat on their home soil.
"People say the weather is often cold and windy there, but it probably won't be much worse than it was in Wagga Wagga this year.
"But whatever the conditions are it's the sort of competition level where you virtually can't afford to miss a shot."
Toowoomba club president Max Barton said Edwards' Australian call-up was well deserved.
"Len is a great shot and I expect him to do well in New Zealand," Barton said.
"It's absolutely tremendous having another member of our club representing Australia."