Heaven-Leigh pulls out big guns when it comes to hitting targets
TWELVE years old may seem young to have %targets in life, but not for Heaven-Leigh Walters. The Crystal Creek student is the youngest member of the Murwillumbah Pistol Club, and her targets are mounted on the club's Wardrop Valley Road ranges. This weekend the club hosts its annual Open shoot, and Heaven-Leigh will be there, keeping the sport in the family. will be Heaven-Leigh who is keeping the sport in the %family. With her brothers Malcolm, 15, Wayne, 19, and father Trevor also shooters, it was not such a surprise that the diminutive youngster would also want to try her hand at pistol shooting. "I compete in both pistol and rifle, but I like the rifle the best," Heaven-Leigh said. "It gets hard to hold the pistol up at times, but the best part is shooting at the targets. "You always try to beat your last score and that's part of the challenge." Today up to 50 shooters from the Northern %Rivers and south-east Queensland will converge on the ranges to take part in 10 different events. Among those competing will be two masters shooters, Bob Farell from Brisbane and the club's own Justin Toohey. But it's youngsters like Heaven-Leigh who are attracting most interest, according to club spokesperson Pat Gospel. "The Walters have shown that shooting can be a family sport and most importantly, for young people like Heaven-Leigh, they are getting proper instruction on firearm safety," Gospel said. "There's more to the sport than a lot of people may think. "Our minimum age is 12, and before they can even go onto the range, they must understand the responsibilities that go with firearm use." Gospel said shooting continued to have a low profile, despite being an Olympic sport, but Murwillumbah boasted one of the best ranges on the Far North Coast. Shooting starts today from 8.30am and continues tomorrow.