Shepparton's Bruce Quick will represent Australia for the sixth time at the Commonwealth Games and he will be joined in Glasgow by Mooroopna's Emma Cox and Benalla's James Corbett.DAMEN FRANCIS May 2, 2014 3:05am
Peerless Shepparton shooter Bruce Quick will become just the second athlete to represent Australia at six Commonwealth Games, when he takes aim at the XX Games in Glasgow in July.
Quick, 54, joins fellow shooter Phillip Adams from NSW at the top of the list, having participated in the 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 Games.
It’s a record the highly decorated marksman said he was proud of.
‘‘They’re only every four years, so it does take a while to get to six and being selected in a Commonwealth Games team is an honour afforded to very few individuals and I’m always mindful of the privilege it is to represent my country,’’ Quick said.
‘‘I was hoping to be selected, but you never know until they tell you.
‘‘I don’t take it lightly and to be part of the Australian shooting team at a high level for 24 years is very satisfying.’’
Quick is joined in the 29-strong team by Mooroopna clay target shooter Emma Cox and Benalla full bore rifle representative James Corbett in an incredible achievement for Victoria’s north-east.
Another link to the region is pistol shooter Daniel Repacholi, whose father Colin lives in Mooroopna.
Quick’s 13 medals places him third on Australia’s all-time list of medal winners, behind Adams (18 medals) and swimmer Susie O’Neill (15).
The two-time Olympian is Australia’s number one ranked 50
He will contest both events in Glasgow and isn’t just there to make up the numbers.
‘‘My form (in the free) at the moment is sufficient to make a Commonwealth Games final, but what I have to do is knuckle down and get my head in the right place and do a bunch of technical training so I can perform at the highest level,’’ he said.
Cox, 21, will contest the women’s double trap event and said she was incredibly excited.
‘‘The team that has been chosen for the Games consists of some of my life long idols like Michael Diamond, Adam Vella and Russell and Lauren Mark, so to be able to compete in a team with them is a dream come true,’’ Cox said.
‘‘I’m really looking forward to representing the country at such an important event. I hope I can make Australia and Shepparton proud and bring back the gold.’’
Corbett will shoot in the Queens Prize individual event and the pairs alongside Bendigo’s Geoff Grenfell.
The Glasgow Games will feature 19 events in the shooting program, with the competition schedule running from July 25 to 29.
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