Two Beaudesert marksmen are testing their aim against some of the world's best during a series of shootouts in New Zealand.
Lee Robinson and Ryan Biss have travelled to the Trentham Rifle Range Reserve in upper Hutt to contest the New Zealand National Prize Shoot, the Masefield Championship, the Ballinger Belt and the International Palma Long Range World Championships.
They will be joined by fellow local Jeff Day, who will act as range officer throughout the elite international competitions, ensuring rules, time limits and protocols are followed and managing shooters.
Robinson said many of the top exponents of the .308 Winchester Rifle would vie for supremacy over distances of 300 metres to 1000 metres in individual and team events from January 26-February 10.
Experienced at international level, the Commonwealth Games aspirant said he hoped to achieve personal bests and to return home triumphant.
In particular, Robinson has his sights set on victory in the Palma shoot, which will see him and three other Aussies take on teams from around the globe.
After shooting for Australia in the Palma match in Ohio in 2015, Robinson knows what to expect and he is determined to take it out this time around.
He said his team had been training hard for 12 months in preparation and was ready to hit its target.
“I would love to win the Palma match,” he said.
“We haven't won it for a long time.
“I wish everyone good luck and I'll see what I can do.
“And try to do everyone proud.”
Biss will represent his country in the under-25s Palma shoot.
Robinson said Biss was a young gun with immense potential.
He said the pair often trained together and Biss was constantly learning and improving.
He said the Beaudesert Rifle Club had raised $1000 so the trip across the ditch could go ahead and he thanked everyone involved for their support.
Robinson, who joined in 2001 and progressed through C, B and A grades to the international ranks said it was great to see the club encourage younger people and families to become involved in the sport of shooting.
“You don't have to be fit and it teaches self-discipline,” he said.
He said technological improvements at the club in recent years had helped him reach new heights.
If you would like to try the sport, phone 0417 784 543 a day in advance and the club can provide a rifle and free instruction with ammunition supplied at a charge. All people from 11 years can give it a go (under supervision).