Bega Valley shooters on target at Veterans Games

MEDALLISTS: Sweeping the pool at the Wagga Veterans Games shoot are Dean Shipton, John Gray, Christel Feldmann and Charlie Smith.

MEDALLISTS: Sweeping the pool at the Wagga Veterans Games shoot are Dean Shipton, John Gray, Christel Feldmann and Charlie Smith.

Four Bega Valley shooters have stood tall against a field of 108 of the country’s best recently. 

Two Merimbula shooters and two from Bega who regularly compete at the Bega Gun Club took on the Wagga Wagga Veterans Games. 

Dean Shipton, John Gray, Christel Feldmann and Charlie Smith tested their mettle at the event and were stunned to come away with a series of medals. 

Mr Gray said the group faced some heat and balmy winds, which are ideal conditions for a round of clay targets. 

“Conditions were ideal and we made the most of it,” Mr Gray said. 

The group were astoundingly consistent across three days of shooting to hit some fantastic scores. 

Shipton took out the high gun award and a gold medal for his efforts, which saw him named the best performer across the shoot. 

Mr Gray collected a gold medal for his efforts, while his wife Christel scored a bronze. 

Charlie Smith, who has won the high gun award at his last six events rounded out the medal haul with two silvers and a bronze after a shoot-off for the high gun award against Shipton. 

The pair finished level on 223 out of the possible 225 for the shoot. 

Mr Gray said it was a great haul for members of a smaller club and reflected the quality of efforts by Bega club members. 

The shooters competed over three formats, including double barrel, single barrel and pointscore rounds across the three days with fields split into age classes. 

Gun club members congratulated the group on their brilliant scores.

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