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The series has again attracted huge numbers with an average of 153 swimmers taking part each evening through the series. Swimmers top 10 placings will be totalled to work out the final posi- tions in the various grades. Kaiori McGuinniety is certain to take the open men s super swimmers title having scored 10 wins out of the 10 races he entered. Lisa Birkett is certain to win the open women s division having already secured seven wins, two seconds and a third place this season. Julie Garde has been equally dominant in the women s short course series and is certain to take the title. However, the men s title is up for grabs. Although Wesley Harris leads the series, he will be overtaken by Terry Bone who has won all nine races he has entered so far this season. While this Thursday is the last competitive swim on the series, it will wind up with a fun swim, barbe- cue and prizegiving at the Nelson Yacht Club from 6pm on March 21. Shooter on target By PHIL BARNES Aiming high: Sharp shooter Brian Bishop. Photo: PHIL BARNES Nelson pistol shooter Brian Bishop was part of the four-man New Zea- land team to win a bronze medal in the open gun division of the International Practical Shooting Confeder- ation Australasian Shooting Champion- ships in Rotorua earlier this month. Brian said there was a rigorous selection process involved as he took part in seven competitions around the country last year. Australia won the tournament with the Philippines second and New Zealand third. However, it was a a huge event with 800 contestants in the main draw and a further 100 shooters including officials and digni- taries who were given the opportunity to shoot first in a warm-up contest. It (the warm-up) helps them make sure everything they have set up is working on the day, Brian said. Shooters from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, the United States, Canada, Rus- sia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea took part. Brian said the contest- ants shot an estimated 450,000 rounds of ammunition during the championships. I was shooting a 38 super open race gun. We use live ammunition that comes out at 1380 feet per second so we take safety very seriously. But there wasn t one accident or injury so that shows how good the safety aspect was. However, if you do something wrong then you don t get a second chance -- you re disqualified. He said some targets in the champion- ships were static and some were not. Some are swinging targets and other times the targets are static but you have to shoot from a swinging platform. At other times you have to push doors open before you can shoot at the target. He said he had been shooting pistols for 19 years and it was his favourite method of shooting firearms. I like the movement and the mental chal- lengeofdoingitallasfastasyoucan--I like to run and gun as opposed to shooting at static targets. However, shooting at this level doesn t come cheaply. Brian said the quality pre- cision engineering involved with pistols meant they cost around $8000. Brian is a member of the Cable Bay Pistol Club which has just 20 members but we punch above our weight , he said. It was the first time the championships had been held in New Zealand and there were double the number of competitors tak- ing part compared with previous champion- ships, he said. Nelson s Dean Harvey also competed as a junior and Bruce Harvey and Nigel Rout went as range officers and officials.
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