Tipple qualifies for champs

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013

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Canterbury markswoman Chloe Tipple qualified for the world skeet shooting championships in Peru this year but came away from a double-medal finish in Australia a little downcast.

Tipple, 21, earned her world championship selection at Brisbane last week after a silver medal at a Commonwealth competition and a bronze at the Australian titles the following day. Her score of 62 from 75 targets qualified her for Peru, but she had been hoping to hit 66, the magic number to qualify for the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team to Glasgow next year.

"I'd been shooting well in training and thought it was within my grasp, but I had a poor round of 18 from 25 in one of three sets. It was pretty humid there (about 35 degrees Celsius) and I had a concentration lapse I could have done without. I was expecting 65."

Tipple also faced some tough competition with Australia's ace Olympic shooter Lauryn Mark winning gold in both matches.

Mark caused a stir prior to the London Olympics by selling photographs of herself in a bikini of Australian colours to fund her Olympic training costs.

"She was really great to compete against though. It really makes you feel you are in an international contest."

Tipple is likely to trade shots with Mark again with Australia hosting several international qualifying events as she chases the Games standard.

Tipple wants to lift her scores at the national championships being held at McLeans Island in Christchurch on February 9 and 10.

Tipple is a rising star from the handful of female New Zealand skeet shooters, having decided to set her sights on the Olympic discipline sport in 2010.

"I had been in trap shooting before then but wanted to have a shot at making the Olympics."

Tipple won the national championships last year and the North Island championships this month.

Only three of the skeet disciplines are shot at Olympics level, the double trap, trench and skeet. In the skeet clay targets come out of either side of two towers simultaneously on voice activation.

Tipple paid tribute to the work put into her by her coach Ray Everett, a former national champion in the code.

"He's been great for me, he just knows so much."

Tipple wasn't the only New Zealand qualifier at the event with Waimate's Natalie Rooney achieving Commonwealth Games qualification in the trench.

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