JUNIOR shooters are a vital member of Australia's sport shooting fraternity - they are the future of our sport!
Shooting is one of the few sports that encourages and caters for the participation of the young and old, males and females, able-bodied and disabled.
The SSAA and sport shooting in general is a family-orientated pastime and the whole family can enjoy a new-found group of friends, as well as many challenges, once they get involves.
If you are a family member or friend of a young person who has shown interest in the shooting sports, encourage and support them in their interest and help them be the best sportsperson they can be.
Most disciplines within SSAA have a Junior component so if you are keen to shoot a particular discipline, make contact with the relevant discipline chairs via the contacts on this website and they will be only too happy to point out in the right direction,
Junior National or State Championships are run in conjunction with the adult events for a chosen discipline and all Juniors are separated into two categories for those right up to the age of 15 years and then from 15 years to 18 years of age.
SSAA Queensland runs specific Junior Queensland State Postal Competitions in Rimfire Field Rifle & Rimfire Silhouette Rifle annually from April 1 to August 31. These are open to all Queensland SSAA Junior members and the organisation actively encourages all junior members to compete in these events.
Score sheets must include the following: age group (11 – 15 yrs or 15 – 18 yrs), date of event, where completed, home branch, and must be signed by the supervising RO or Committee Member.
Field Rifle score cards must include individual scores for each position. Silhouette Rifle scores must have each individual shot recorded in order. Only one score is to be submitted for each event and all entries must be received by the Queensland Junior Sporting Shooters Chairman no later than the end of the first week in September.
The SSAA Queensland State Junior Championships consist of:
Rimfire Field Rifle
Rimfire Rifle Silhouette
A third event chosen by the host branch for that year
It is a two-day event usually held midyear with the Host Branch being chosen on a rotational basis from throughout the five zones within Queensland.
There is often a day of extra coaching attached to these championships for those who wish to avail themselves of top level shooter assistance. The SSAA provides assistance and instruction in the skilful, proper and safe usage of firearms for field and target shooting.
There are also SSAA National annual Junior Postal Competitions in Rimfire Rifle Silhouette (February 1 to July 30) and Rimfire Field Rifle (July 1 to October 31) with entries to be sent to the National Junior Sporting Shooters Chair at the end of these time periods.
SSAA National generously supports these initiatives each year with encouragement patches and prize draws for participants.
An Interstate Junior Challenge is also held annually on a rotational basis throughout many of the states and Queensland shooters often travel to these events as participants.
The Junior Shooter is a special periodic SSAA newsletter intended for our junior members, and contains stories and helpful hints about target shooting and hunting, information about firearm safety and the legal requirements of shooting, as well as recipes, puzzles and competitions.
Each month the main SSAA magazines include competitions for our junior members to enter as well, with great prizes to be won.
For more information, contact Junior chair Jon McCarthy on 0438 756 622 or e-mail
- Discipline Chairman:
- Jon McCarthy
- 0438 756 622
* May be shot Subject to Range Approval. Approved firearms must still comply with Qld State Laws & Regulations.
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