Club gets makeover for three-day shoot
The Southland Clay Target Club has had a makeover as it prepares to host the South Island Championships this weekend.
The championships are rotated between Southland, Dunedin, Timaru and Christchurch every four years and this year is Southland's turn to host the event.
The venue near Oreti Beach required an upgrade, which included new equipment and a general spruce-up, for the event.
Southland club president Jeff Munro said it was thankful that it received a $20,000 grant from the ILT Foundation which ensured the improvements could be made.
It also had help from the Corrections Department, which provided people to help with painting.
Munro said they had done a great job.
The three-day shoot will start at lunchtime on Friday and continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Between 120 and 150 shooters are expected to enter the South Island Championship with about 50 per cent of those Southlanders.
The expected 120 to 150 entries would be well up on the 89 who lined up at last year's event in Christchurch.
Munro said the standard of shooting in Southland at the moment was extraordinary and he thought there would be several Southlanders pushing for honours this weekend.
Included among those will be the shooters who will represent Southland in the provincial teams competition.
They are: Brad Warnock, Boston Walker, Ewen Pirie, Stuart Sutherland, Phil Harraway and Daniel Warnock.