Winton shooter qualifies for Youth Games
Taking advice from her great-uncle two years ago has led to Emma Heatherington qualifying for clay target shooting at the New Zealand Youth Games in Hamilton.
More than 3500 participants from throughout New Zealand will compete in 20 sports at the Youth Games on December 5-8.
Heatherington, of Winton, is a student at Central Southland College. Her great-uncle Bruce Stuart formerly managed clay target shooting teams at the college and suggested she join one of them.
"I didn't know much about it . . . now I love it," Heatherington, 17, said.
She qualified for the Youth Games by shooting 139 points, two points above the cutoff, at the New Zealand secondary schools championships in Hamilton on September 29. The top 15 girls gained entry to the Youth Games. Heatherington finished 13th.
A day earlier at the same venue, the Waikato Clay Target Club, Heatherington won a silver medal in the girls' single rise at the North Island championships.
She practises at the Nightcaps Gun Club and competes at events throughout Southland and Otago. Her gun is a Miroku MK 10 12M.
Bevan Ross, of Gore High School, and Sam Smalley, who left Central Southland College last week, are other Southland clay target shooters heading to the Youth Games.
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