Gympie duo blasts way through national event
SHOOTING: James Perry and Jenni Ingram have just two years competitive shooting experience between them.
But combined, they brought home seven medals from the national shooting titles in Victoria recently, cementing themselves as two of the sharpest shooters in the land.
Perry, who has been shooting to hunt most of his life, made the transition to the competitive realm just this year, walked away from the national event with gold in the rimfire and centrefire field rifle categories as well as a bronze in the rimfire scoped three positional shoot.
Not to be outdone, Ingram, who has been shooting competitively for 18 months, secured gold in the under marksman NRA 3x40 any sight three positional shoot. As well as a silver in the scoped three positional rimfire, field rifle centrefire and field rifle teams respectively while adding a bronze in the scoped three positional centrefire shoot.
While he has always been comfortable behind the sights, Perry said the adjustment from field shooting to competitive shooting was not as arduous as he thought.
"The field rifle event is a competition based on what you would do out in the field anyway,” Perry said.
"In saying that going into it (the competition) things like your stance are different and you are shooting a smaller target.”
Competing in just her second national event, Ingram said she was not prepared for how different her fellow competitors' rifles were.
"We didn't realise when we first started shooting competitively just how different their (other people's) rifles were to ours.
"Ours are just standard like you would buy out of a shop.
"We will definitely be upgrading now,” she said.
Both Ingram and Perry shoot out of the Tin Can Bay branch of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia.