MORANBAH’S John ‘Dutchy’ Lisiewicz has shot his way to the top in Central Queensland Pistol Championships in Gladstone on June 12-14.
John, who is a two-time Commonwealth Games trialist and one-time Olympic trailist, breezed through the three-day competition winning the 50m Pistol with a score of 539 and the Air Pistol on 556.
The A-grade shooter was unlucky not to make the cut for the Australian side when he trialled for the Commonwealth Games in early June.
Needing a first placing in one discipline to qualify, John came third in Air Pistol and fifth in Free Pistol.
He will also be drawing pistols at the Emerald meet this weekend for the first time in five years, shooting the Centre-fire, Standard, Free and Air Pistol events.
“I enjoy shooting them all but Free and Air would probably be favourites,” John said.
With a background in the rifles, John said he sticks to the pistol ranges these days but still has a keen eye for competition.
“These events are great because it’s something that everyone can be a part of - young, old, whatever - it doesn’t matter,” he said.
“And there is plenty of science behind it, I’m learning all the time.”
John, known as Dutchy to his mates, isn’t one for accolades, with most of his winning medals stored in a shoebox away from the limelight.
His wife Beverly, however, said she was “very proud” of her husband’s achievements.
“I think the nerves might have a bit to blame in the bigger trials,” she said.
“I tell him to not try as hard and he’ll get there.”
John will use the Emerald competition as a stepping stone to the State Titles in Caboolture in November and a Black Powder shoot in Beaudesert later this year.
There will be rounds down range from 8am Saturday morning at the Emerald Pistol Club, off Selma Rd, with shooting wrapping up on Sunday afternoon.
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