AUSTRALIAN Clay Target Association (ACTA) will host more than 500 of the country’s best shooters in Wagga next week.
The National Down The Line Championships will get underway on Monday at ACTA’s National Ground in Tasman Road, and will continue through until Sunday.
Six Australian titles will be up for grabs, while competitors will also be vying for selection in national teams to represent Australia at the World DTL Championships in Wagga next year.
ACTA national executive officer Tony Turner expects strong competition next week.
“There will be strong competition for the six Australian titles, these events are all a major component of being selected in the Australian team as well as the prestige of being a national champion,” Turner said.
With the world championships being held in Australia in 2018, ACTA has extended national representation to three teams in each section.
This means 51 members will shoot for their country in Wagga.
The competition will be headlined by current world open champion, Matt Schiller from Young, while former world champion Darryn Nichols (Broken Hill), Australian team members Steven Atkins (Victoria), Matt Patmore (NSW) and John Duryea (NSW) will all push for selection.
Current ladies world champion Laura Woolley (Victoria) will be looking to back up, as will current veteran world champion Daryl Stevens (Queensland).
The event is open to spectators, free of charge, with shooting commencing at 8.30am daily shoot-offs commence mid-afternoon with presentations at about 6pm.
The categories on offer range from super veterans to ladies and juniors.