Shepparton shooter Hannah Quick is hoping a strong performance at the Continental Championship will help her move closer to her goal of competing at the Youth Olympics.By Damen Francis
Shepparton pistol shooter Hannah Quick is closing in on her goal of reaching next year’s Youth Olympics in China.
The teenage sensation has been selected alongside her famous father Bruce — a veteran of two Olympic Games and a Commonwealth Games medallist — in Australia’s A team for the biennial Oceania Shooting Federation’s Continental Championship in Sydney in December.
Hannah will contest the junior women’s 20
But before then, the pair will take aim at round four of the Australia Cup on their home turf this weekend.
It marks the second time in three years the Shepparton Pistol Club has hosted a round of the event and Bruce Quick said it was a great occasion for the community that could lead to bigger and better things.
‘‘They’ll have all the top-ranked shooters from Australia here and it’s over three days,’’ Quick said.
‘‘We’ll have former Olympians and Commonwealth Games medallists here and aspiring shooters as well.
‘‘Because this is our second attempt at an Australia Cup, we’ve been approached by the shooting association (to) apply for a grant to put in electronic targets to upgrade Shepparton’s facility to be equal to facilities in Melbourne and Sydney.
‘‘They approached us looking for a regional area to boost the facilities and said if we put a proposal together they will seriously look at it and it’s not every day that happens.’’
The Australia Cup is run by Australian International Shooting Limited and doubles as a ranking shoot for those looking to gain Commonwealth Games selection.
It is an objective that may have arrived too soon for Hannah, who has only been shooting competitively since December, but is the middle of Bruce’s crosshairs.
‘‘I’m currently ranked number one in my favourite event, the 50
‘‘Once you get through to the final Commonwealth Games selection, the top-ranked shooter is an automatic pick. The second place can be the second-ranked shooter or the third or fourth or whatever the selectors decide.
‘‘So the best way to secure a spot is to be the number-one-ranked shooter at the end of the selection period, which is April next year.’’
As for Hannah, this weekend’s event is more valuable competition experience ahead of the Oceania Championship, which is a Youth Olympics qualifying event.
‘‘(Hannah) made the Oceania team, which means she’s at least got a chance for the elimination for the Youth Olympics,’’ Quick said.
‘‘If she hadn’t made that team it was virtually impossible, so it’s one step at a time basically.’’
More than 50 shooters are expected to attend this weekend’s event in Shepparton, which is open to spectators.
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