Shooters take aim at Rotorua competition
ONE is described as methodical. The second achiever has natural enthusiasm. The third shooter is renowned for being daring. The fourth is a self-confessed "plugger''.
Together, the formidable quartet is preparing to create club history at a world-class event in New Zealand next year.
Ipswich Pistol Club shooters David McConachie, Karla Blowers, Paul Derry and Scott Geelan are fine-tuning their equipment for the 2013 Australasian International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) championships in Rotorua.
It's the first time the Karrabin-based club has four shooters targeting such a major competition, which is expected to attract 770 competitors from around the world.
Club secretary/treasurer Geelan is thrilled to be joining McConachie, Blowers and Derry in New Zealand.
Geelan is lining up in the standard division with his clubmates contesting the open division.
National champion McConachie and reigning world women's IPSC champion Blowers are representing Australia.
Derry and Geelan are competing for Queensland at the elite match in February.
"It's very satisfying,'' Geelan said seeing such a strong contingent from the club formed in 1963.
"The committee has put a lot of emphasis on this particular discipline.
"We feel somewhat vindicated in the effort that we put into that discipline by having that many people represent their state and country from our little club.
It's probably the fastest growing target pistol discipline in the world at the moment.'
Blowers won her world open title in Greece last year.
"Karla has probably got a bit more natural enthusiasm than the rest of us,'' Geelan said.
Geelan describes McConachie as a careful planner.
"He's very methodical . . . he thinks an awful lot about the most efficient way to attack a problem,'' Geelan said.
Geelan said Derry is "the have a crack at it one''.
As for himself, Geelan said: "I just keep plugging away''.
The shooters secured representative honours after winning their grades at selection events throughout the year.
Geelan said the biggest challenge for the shooters in New Zealand would be the quality opposition.
"It's the first time Paul and I have shot at world level basically,'' Geelan said.
However, being an outdoors event on ranges up to 50m brings the weather conditions into play.
"Each of the disciplines has their own unique challenges,'' he said.
"The guys who shoot open will always score best because they've got the fastest firearms and the best sighting equipment.''