Geary shooting for stars in skeet

Blackwater’s Blake Geary represented Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.
Blackwater’s Blake Geary represented Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.

DISTANCE is no object for Blackwater clay target shooter Blake Geary.

Now living at the remote cattle station Lake Nash in the Northern Territory, Blake recently travelled to Wagga Wagga to represent Queensland at the National Skeet Championships.

Blake headed up the three-person junior squad with two other team members from Bundaberg and Roma.

The trio teamed up in the state Shoulder to Shoulder 2012 Teams Match against junior teams from other states.

Shooting 25 rounds each, the Queensland boys scored 69/75 and placed second to New South Wales, improving on last year's result of third.

Queensland was also awarded the overall best presented team.

Preparation for the competition was hard for Blake, who was unable to make it to weekend club shoots, due to distance and time restraints.

Despite these obstacles, Blake's results at the four-day shoot were exceptional.

In the 13th National Skeet Handicap of 50 targets, Blake was on a handicap of three targets and managed to get into two shoot-off rounds, out of all grades of shooters represented, from AA to C grade, and ended up with a 46/50.

In the 2012 Commonwealth Skeet Championship-100 Targets, Blake shot a 92/100 and in the National Skeet Championship of 100 Targets, one of his rounds was a clean 25/25 targets - his first at nationals, helping his total score for that event to 94/100 and placing him sixth in B grade.

Another factor Blake had to battle was Wagga Wagga's unfavourable weather conditions.

Going from the Northern Territory, where the days are still hot, to the cold southern climate, where temperatures are sometimes as low as one degree with rain and wind put Blake well and truly out of his comfort zone while competing.

"I think it was with the benefit of last year's competition and knowing the facility and how it all runs that kept Blake's nerves at bay this time around," Blake's mum Leonie said.

"So it was just the weather he had to contend with."



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