Gore builder Kelvin Gutsell has been rather busy during the past year, winning three national skeet shooting titles.
He has returned from the New Zealand championships, held in Christchurch, with two titles - the New Zealand 20 gauge Skeet championship and the New Zealand Skeet handicap championship.
Skeet shooting, which is recognised as an Olympic sport, involves competitors using a rifle to shoot clay disk targets, with one shot allowed at each target.
Shooters either compete with 12, 20 or 28 gauge rounds with 12 gauge usually the most common round fired.
The targets used in the sport are biodegradable clay targets and when launched fly about 70kmh.
Gutsell had earlier in the year won the Australian 20 gauge Skeet championship.
''There's nothing better than beating the Aussies on their own ground,'' he said.
In September, he also travelled to the United States to compete in the five-man New Zealand team, and shot the best individual score of the group.
''I enjoy the concentration and discipline required in the sport,'' he said.
He has been involved with skeet shooting for the past seven years and described it as 60 percent mental, 20 percent physical and 20 percent ability.
When needed, he also heads out and helps the Gore High School shooters, teaching them the discipline of the sport.
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