Wayne Moore is ready to put his new skills to the test at the Australian Grand Prix

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Warrnambool clay target shooter Wayne Moore is preparing for his first Australian Grand Prix at Laang. Picture: Morgan Hancock
EYES ON THE PRIZE: Warrnambool clay target shooter Wayne Moore is preparing for his first Australian Grand Prix at Laang. Picture: Morgan Hancock

WAYNE Moore doesn’t have to look far for inspiration as he adapts to clay target shooting.

The Warrnambool competitor, who took up the sport 12 months ago, only needs to ask his experienced Laang Gun Club mates for advice.

“It’s been a steep learning curve but I am lucky enough to have shooters like Steve Chilton, John Maher and Ben Carter around,” he said.

Moore, 38, will put his new skills to the test at the two-day Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

The annual competition, which has attracted more than 200 shooters from across the country, will be run in familiar surrounds at Laang.

“This weekend is a chance to see top shooters,” he said.

“It will be a good experience to shoot with those people and hopefully learn a few things.”

Moore, who works at Warrnambool Cheese and Butter, will compete in C grade.

He is aiming to match or better his career-best effort – 72 targets out of 100.

“I am hoping to hit 70 per cent, that might get me the win in my class,” Moore said.

“There are 100 targets each day and hopefully I will walk away hitting 60 to 70 each day.”

Moore said concentration was one of the most important traits in clay target shooting “because there are so many different varieties of targets”. He is happy with his decision to challenge himself in a sport which was growing in popularity.

“A month ago we had a come and try day and there were 100-plus there,” Moore said.

“We usually get 30.”