Sport

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."


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Melting pot of cultural styles

ENJOY: The Multicultural Festival promises  fine food and performances.

Multicultural festival promises a feast for the senses.

New aquatic centre taking shape

SPLASHING OUT: Central Highlands Mayor Kerry Hayes, CEO Scott Mason, Deputy Mayor Gail Godwin-Smith and councillor Charlie Brimblecombe inspect the rammed earth walls at the Blackwater Aquatic Centre site.

Construction on the Blackwater Aquatic Centre is progressing well.

Clermont: A town laid to ruin

EERIE REMINDER: The piano in the tree in Capricorn St is an eerie reminder of the height and ravaging force of the floodwaters. Although it's a replica today, there were  three pianos found in trees after the 1916 flood.

Isaac council commemorating centenary of the 1916 Clermont flood.

Latest deals and offers

Bikie Laws: Katter MP compares bikie logos to burqas

QUEENSLAND MP Robbie Katter has compared the wearing of bikie "colours" and logos to burqas as he asks whether new anti-crime measures from the Labor go too...

Rio Tinto gets $50,000 penalty for victimising worker

FINED: Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine. Photo Contributed

Judge has handed down a $50,000 penalty against Rio Tinto

Court to decide on Carmichael mine challenge

Adani Carmichael Mine.

Carmichael coal mine to be hit with a legal challenge

Forensic teams investigate serious Cap Hwy crash

One of the vehicles involved in a two-car crash on the Capricorn Hwy about 4.30am today.

UPDATE 2.35PM: Serious-crash patients to be treated at Rockhampton

Prepare now for flying fox migration

Little red flying foxes naturally migrate through Isaac from August to January and are known to establish temporary camps.

Take the time now to prepare for flying fox migration.

Melting pot of cultural styles

ENJOY: The Multicultural Festival promises  fine food and performances.

Multicultural festival promises a feast for the senses.

Die-hard fan's 34 magic Gympie Muster years

STICK AROUND FOR A BEER: Mal Williams has been at every Gympie Muster for 34 years.

Mal Williams has only missed one Muster in 35 years - the first one

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

Australian Survivor's Peter: I'm no quitter

Australian Survivor contestant Peter Fiegehen.

ILLNESS forces castaway's early exit from Samoa.

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m