Turner's departure a shock to shooters

By Pamela Whaley
Updated November 7 2012 - 3:19am, first published January 3 2011 - 12:07pm

THE SHOCK departure of its prized executive director has sent the Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA)into a tailspin.Wagga man Tony Turner has made the surprising decision to vacate the post despite the ACTA recording a highly successful year for 2010.ACTA president Robert Nugent said he was shocked by Turner's resignation, saying he was unsure of the reasons behind his decision."We were all talking during a meeting and Tony said that for personal reasons he would be resigning in three weeks," he said."I don't know what personal reasons he has, and that's up to him."We were very surprised - we didn't see it coming, but there isn't any hard feelings or anything, he has to do what he has to do."The ACTA is based in Wagga and is responsible for 238 clay target clubs as well as about 13,000 members from all over Australia.Formerly the executive director of the Southern Sports Academy, the well-respected Turner has been at the helm of the ACTA for just over a year.Nugent declared he was unaware of Turner's future plans, adding fuel to the mystery surrounding his reasons for departure."I haven't talked to him since so I don't know what he'll be doing," he said.Responsible for a myriad tasks such as building memberships and managing stakeholder relationships, Nugent said the now-vacant executive officer position would be difficult to fill."(The new recruit) will have very big shoes to fill, Tony was great," he said."We've had a few locals (from Wagga) already apply but it's the national association so it's obviously open to everyone all over Australia."Just because it's based in Wagga doesn't necessarily mean that the position will go to a person from Wagga."Applications for the post close on January 14, with more information available on www.sportspeople.com.auThe Daily Advertiser was unable to contact Tony Turner for comment yesterday.

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