WIMMERA Sports Shooting Council’s come and try day organisers have hailed Sunday’s event a success.
The event attracted 115 Wimmera residents to the Horsham Rifle Range for demonstrations and a chance to learn how to shoot with handguns, shotguns, big bore rifles and small bore rifles.
The council’s eight constituent clubs – Central Wimmera Target Club, Horsham Pistol Club, Horsham Rifle Club, Horsham Smallbore Rifle Club, Horsham Sporting Shooters Club, Natimuk Rifle Club, Natimuk and District Field and Game and West Wimmera Sporting Shooters Club – all set up displays and demonstrations.
It was the third time the council had staged a come and try day and it was the best attended of the three.
The initial 2007 day attracted less than 100 participants and the 2010 day saw about 60 participants.
Council vice-president Dale Russell said it was a great day for the shooting community from across the Wimmera to get together and showcase the sport.
“We were pleased with the public turnout and people were happy to come along and have a try,” he said.
“All of those clubs did their own display and demonstrations and it all worked out well – people moved from one to the other and the way it worked out was terrific.”
Russell said the combined clubs represented more than 1000 Wimmera residents.
He said shooting was a big part of the sporting culture.
“The purpose of the day was two-fold – one was to promote shooting as a sport in general and the various disciplines of it,” he said.
“Secondly, if some of the people decide to join up at a later time, then so be it.
“Shooting in whatever form is a popular sport in the Wimmera with a significant following.”
Horsham Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympic representative Alethea Sedgman attended and helped participants.
Russell said the day’s success had encouraged the council to keep running them, although they had not decided if they would be staged every two or three years.