The SSAA Queensland branch at Tin Can Bay ran a hugely successful junior shooting camp over the weekend of September 26 to 29, giving 17 youngsters a taste of some of the many aspects of target shooting sports and an introduction into responsible and safe firearms use.

The young shooters, supervised by qualified SSAA range officers and branch volunteers, tried their hands at a range of events including field rifle, shotgun, air rifle. .22 pistol, musket shooting, and even archery.

SSAA Tin Can Bay branch secretary Jenni Ingram said the participants, all aged between 11 and 17, had a fantastic time.

“We had one boy only new to shooting go from being nervous and shaky to confidently holding the rifle and even having a go of the 12ga shotgun, shooting a running target event and beating the bigger boys,” she said.

Jenni said the shooting from the girls was equally outstanding, with some superb results.

“The young lady who won the field rifle shoot on the Saturday was new to shooting and had never shot the event before, and she shot a score of 321 out of 400,” she said.

“SSAA Tin Can Bay run these events because juniors are the future of our sport. If we don’t encourage and teach our juniors, then there will be no future.

“It is amazing watching a new junior shooter go from being nervous to being confident in the way they handle all aspects of shooting and safety around firearms.”

Jenni said the event wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of the branch volunteers, notably:

Brett Whiting( Branch President; pistol/shotgun)
Brian and Francis Leach (Air rifle and master chef)
Gordon MacRae (Field rifle)
Shaun Tinnion (Knife throwing)
Steve Smith (Black Powder)
Joe Browning (Volunteer, publicity)
Niall and Val Smith (Archery)
James Perry (Volunteer)
Santo Crisafulli (Volunteer)
Warren Harvey (Volunteer)

“Thank you to everyone who helped out at the camp including the parents who also camped and helped out,” she said.

“The camp would not have been as big a success without you volunteering your time and helping things run smoothly. Sorry if I have forgotten anyone – we truly appreciate all of your effort!”