Clay target: All in the focus
THERE IS A MORE than meets the eye to Clay Target Shooting and the Streeter boys have learnt it all.
At the ages of of 13 and 16, Travis and Glenn Streeter have won travelled all over the state and to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales to compete in clay target competitions and regional finals.
The pair only picked up the sport around 12 months but it was something that ran in their blood; their Dad, Shane, was a clay target shooter from back in the day too.
"I shot when I was 12 years old, only shot for a couple of years because I couldn't afford to do it anymore and I picked it back up with the boys last years,” Shane said.
84 National medals later, Shane said it wasn't easy coming back into the sport as a mature adult.
"It is hard coming back, you eyesight isn't as good as it used to be and your reflexes aren't as sharp,” he said.
Picking up the sport with great skill and growing passion, Shane said he is having a great time sharing his passion with his sons.
"It has been good being able to do something with the two boys,” he said.
"And it teaches them a lot about responsibility and respect with gun handling and how you act in competitions.”
During their short time competing, the boys have managed to pick up a number of sashes and high gun wins.
They have also received some State Sashes with Travis owning three and Glenn owning two.
Shane said he couldn't be prouder.
"It does make me proud, there is no words to describe it,” he said.
"You have a sense of accomplishment when your children are born but you have a great sense of pride and satisfaction when they win,” he said.
"But the biggest thing is it isn't about winning, it's just about the journey and making friends.”
The younger son, Travis, a year eight student at Biloela State High School, said he loves the sport.
"You can just get away, you don't have to worry about anything,” Travis said.
Joining his brother, Glenn loves it as well.
"I do it because I love but when we do win stuff it is great,” he said.
The pair both shoot in the Skeet disclipine, Glenn said there is a lot more involved in the sport that meets the eye.
"You have be mentally strong and physically active,” Glenn said.
"It is about 80 mental and 20 physical.
"You have to mentally focus on your target and physically shoot the target.”
Travis shoots with a Bertta DT10 and Glen shoots with a Bertta 692 and they said it can be quite expensive.
"Ammunition and nominations for the weekend usually add up to $200 per weekend,” Shane said.
"And the upfront cost of the guns.”
Recently, the pair went to Wagga Wagga where they competed in the Australian Nationals in March and then in a National Development Squad in July.
"We learnt the most important things in shooting,” Glenn said.
"We did practical and theory and learnt gun hold, focus and shot routine,” Travis said.
This weekend the boys will be heading to the Gemfields for a shoot and they say travel is one of the best parts of the sport.
"Wherever you go you make life long friends,” Glenn said,
"And you experience new places,” Travis said.
Part of the local Callide Dawson Club, the boys said it is different competing in other clubs.
"It is more comfortable competing at home,” Travis said.
"You have a lot more people, sometimes 500 plus people, a lot more pressure and there is a lot more at stake with higher prize money than a normal club shoot.”
Eventually, Travis hopes to take his passion further.
"I would like to reach the Olympics, become like Suzanne Balogh,” he said.
"Make an Australian team first and move up.”
To get there, Travis said he will have to do more intense training and practice.
"I will have to work on my focus and become mentally stronger,” he said.