Siblings on target for State

TWO sharp-shooting siblings have further success in their sights, after hitting the mark recently in Guyra.

Emily Saul and her brother William will demonstrate their prowess at the NSW Clay Target Championships at Wagga Wagga next month, as part of the Northern Zone junior team.

Having been unable to compete since March, due to studying for her HSC, 17-year-old Emily finished first in the juniors single barrel B-grade championship in the point score, as well as earning the overall high gun title over the zone championship weekend.

And William, 13, won the B-grade single barrel competition and the B grade overall high gun trophy.

Shooting is in the siblings’ genes, with grandfather William Saul (senior) representing Australia at the Melbourne Olympics.

Both are keen to emulate their pop and enjoyed following the Aussie team at the London Games.

“We watched (Australia clay pigeon marksman) Michael Diamond,” Emily said.

“He’s an inspiration.”

Both parents are right behind their youngsters.

“I’m proud as punch,” dad Steve said. “The three of us go shooting here at the club and at competitions around NSW.”

Mum Tracy is a handy shot too, but does not compete.

“They meet good people and it’s a good family sport,” she said.

The pair, members of the Kempsey Clay Target Club, will be joined at the State championships by clubmate Margaret Bourke, who will step up for the Northern Zone Ladies’ team.

Club president Ted Baker is very proud of the trio’s achievements.

“It’s the first time the club has had three members in one (zonal) team,” he said.

“Clay target shooting is fantastic for young people and old.

“You don’t need to be athletic.”

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