Hot shot aims for NZ

22:27, Dec 26 2012
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Milton shooter Wendy Hughan is the Clutha Leader's Sportsperson of the Year.

The Clutha Leader presents its sportsperson of the year:

She certainly is a crack shot.

She's South Otago Gun Club member Wendy Hughan, who was part of the New Zealand clay target team that won the women's teams competition at the World Down The Line Championships in Wales in July.

The Kiwi team beat second-placed Australia by 17 points in an effort that resulted in Hughan being named the Clutha Leader's Sportsperson of the Year.

"It was the most awesome feeling standing up there on the dais and playing the national anthem," she said.

Hughan was 13th in the women's individual competition and was 64th equal in the A grade competition.


Things had been "quite quiet" after the worlds.

"The leadup to the worlds was quite serious and quite full-on," Hughan said.

"I needed a break to come down from it and sort of come back down to earth."

The break did not last long though, and Hughan won the ladies single barrel competition at the South Island Clay Target Shooting Championships at the end of October.

Getting into the New Zealand team was going to be the big goal for 2013, she said.

"We've got the national's coming up in March 2013 and I will hopefully do well there.

"I'd like to get into the New Zealand team."

At the nationals she will also try to qualify for the Mackintosh Trophy team, where the New Zealand team's scores are totalled against nine other countries in a postal competition.

Next year she will also start qualifying for the next world down the line championship in 2014.

"It's being held in New Zealand so it's going to be really hard to get into.

"Everyone will be trying to get into it."

Clutha Leader