COLAC Secondary College student Shaun Martin will head to south-west Victorian shooting championships with his confidence high.
Shaun, 16, defied wet weather and a shoot-off to clinch high-gun honours at a Colac district qualifier at the Elliminyt range.
The Colac Gun Club member hit 17 out of 20 targets and held his nerve to outlast Terang College’s James Hayden in the sudden-death decider.
The pair went shot-for-shot for 10 targets before Shaun hit and James missed on their 11th attempts.
Shaun, who finished with 28 out of 31, said he handled the pressure of the shoot-off well, despite having more than 50 sets of eyes watching him and James.
“It’s all eyes on you, you’re under pressure, you have to get them without mucking up,” he said.
“Mainly it’s take your time. Sometimes if you think of something you will miss it. You don’t shoot well if you anticipate too much.”
Shaun started shooting in Grade Six and has since become passionate about the sport.
He said he did not believe he had a chance to win yesterday but grew more confident as the competition went on.
“At the start I didn’t think I was going to get it but after a while I improved. In the shoot-off I had to stick with it,” he said.
Shaun will head to the south-west Victorian zone championships at Noorat Gun Club in August.
James, by virtue of finishing runner-up, took out the senior boys’ division with 27 out of 31.
Terang College’s Andrea Perrett-Fahey shot 12 out of 20 to win the senior girls’ event.
Terang College’s Bowen Kemp hit 16 out of 20 to win the junior boys’ division while Colac Secondary College’s Olivia Martin hit nine out of 20 to win the junior girls’ shoot.
Terang College won the teams’ event, which takes into account schools’ best five shooters, with 75 out of 100.