A RELAXED mental state was the key factor in Bookaar’s Andrew Smith securing his first Warrnambool Clay Target Club’s Seaside Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Up against Gippsland teenager Troy Grimes the 26-year-old electrician, who picked up the sport when he was growing up, held his nerve in the shootout to claim the overall victory after three days of shooting.
“Shooting is a really big mental game and it takes a lot of mental strength to be able to compete and put yourself up against some of the best shots in Australia,” Smith said of his mindset heading into the carnival.
“Given the field was full of Australian and state representatives it’s always good to shoot against them and come away with the win.”
Grimes, 16, didn’t leave the Lake Gillear range empty handed taking home the victory in the AA class, after falling short in the overall final.
WCTC president Mal Dyson confirmed 118 shooters – including shooters from Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia – had traveled to the club’s home in Allansford for the annual three-day carnival.
Dyson said the numbers were down on previous years but rated the quality of the field to be of similar caliber to past editions.
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