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PB/EC rifle champs

The Gisborne Rifle Club were the hosts for the Gisborne East Coast Rifle Championships held at the Sponge Bay Range. The 2 day full bore event attracted competitors from all over the North Island. Shooting is a difficult discipline as the competitors are competing against the wind and themselves. Each shot is a sight shot.

The Championships are a test of ability over 300,500 & 600 yards. There was a very high calibre of competitors from which Helen Atkinson emerged the Champion in a sport where men and women shoot on equal terms. Helen's shooting was consistently accurate, dropping only 2 points on day 2 to score 149.16 out of a possible 150 (this includes 16 inner bullseyes).

The 5 Button Winners (5 Top Shooters) and their total scores were: Helen Atkinson 294.35, Tony Loughnan (Napier) 291.35, Dianne Collings 289.20, Robin Mayston (Rotorua) 288.29 and Ross Moynihan (Okawa Club H/Bay) 287.26.


Napier's Trevor King (front) is one of NZ's Top 50 shooters. He is a past winner of this event & a former NZ Rep. The Napier A Grade Team won the Tokomaru Bullseye Plate.


Local, David McGarva, a former age Group NZ Rep was one of the Gisborne Team that won the Chambers Shield.


Helen Atkinson from the Cheltenham Club (Wanganui) won Gold in the Womens Individual & Gold in the Womens Team events at the Oceania Games (Auckland). Helen was totally relaxed before her turn to shoot on the 600yds mound. She shot 35 inner bullseyes in this tournament.



Chief Range Officer, David Farnum, on the mound. He uses his spotters scope to see the white peg indicating where his last shot hit. David Hope (with grey scope) will shoot next followed by John Robinson (white hat)


Dianne Collings (front) from the Te Puke Rifle Club adjusts her sights for 600yds. She has won the Ballinger Belt twice. Maurice Cammock (left) from Waipukurau reaches for another 7.62mm (.308) bullet.


The ATC volunteers who do a magnificent job to keep the competition running smoothly. Stephen Breingan (back left), Robert Sisterson & Richard Easton, Blair Hughes (front left), Tom Claffey & Zac Rutledge.