Are you the parent, carer, grandparent, uncle or aunt of a child aged 11 to 17? If so SSAA Queensland is hosting two absolutely free events that will have them competing in a safe, fun environment with similar aged rimfire rifle shooters.

To be held at the Captains Mountain Shooting Complex near Millmerran, the first two-day event, the Queensland State Junior Championships, takes place from Monday July 1. Don’t be intimidated by the title, the motto of the competition is to ‘give it a go!’. Campsites and a variety of cabin accommodation are available Sunday and Monday nights, again, free of charge.

Competitions will be held in benchrest, field rifle and rifle metallic silhouette at distances from 25 metres to 50 metres. Parents or guardians are to be present while the junior shooter is on the range and in the case of those without a minor’s firearms licence must be supervised on the range at all times. Adults will also be required to bring firearms and ammunition for the junior’s use.

Then from July 4 to the 7th Captains Mountain will open up to young shooters from across the country for the National Junior Challenge. Competitions will be held in field rifle, hunting rifle, silhouette and 3 position. Entry fees, accommodation and even in this case, breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided at no cost.

The only requirement is that the junior’s are SSAA members and nominations and accommodation requests have been made prior to the deadlines. Go to www.ssaaqld.org.au or contact State Discipline Chairman Jon McCarthy on 0438 756 622 for further information. The youth are the future of the shooting sports and we need your support in getting them on the range.