Gympie’s Brian Cooper showed senior competitors how it was done in Toowoomba Thursday night.
Gympie’s Brian Cooper showed senior competitors how it was done in Toowoomba Thursday night. Renee Pilcher

Cooper upstages his senior rivals

GYMPIE Smallbore Rifle and Silhouette Club junior Brian Cooper is showing adult competitors a thing or two on the range, and he isn’t shy about it.

Despite being just 14 and having only picked up the sport at age 11, Cooper was in sensational form in Toowoomba Thursday night, equalling first in the senior bench rest.

Proud dad Brian snr said his son’s latest efforts were nothing short of amazing.

“He started when he was 11 but he has a lot of natural ability,” he said.

“He is keen to shoot each week and has been working very hard, so the results are starting to fall his way.”

Toowoomba club members were impressed with the efforts of Brian jnr as he upstaged competitors more than twice his age.

The Gympie junior achieved 249 points from a possible 250.

Gympie rifle club competitors travel to Toowoomba once a fortnight for interclub competition, helping to forge a bond between the clubs and offering shooters a chance to test themselves.

Looking ahead, Brian jnr hopes to compete as much as possible and leave more senior rivals shaking their heads in disbelief.

Brian jnr joins Hannah McKay, last year’s junior club champion, as two of the club’s brightest young talents, proving the sport is for all ages and anything is possible with a solid work ethic.

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